Bauhaus – The early days

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Back to the very beginning of the Bauhaus..

I have always been drawn to the aesthetics of Bauhaus designs and art work. I find the designs and the approach to be very natural and basic, much as what I try to achieve with my clothing. I thought that it was time that I took a dive in to the subject.

To share with you a bit of the history that I have discovered, I have decided to show you some works from the first artists and teachers. Amongst them you will find painter Paul Klee, expressionist painter and caricaturist Lyonel Feininger and designer and sculptor Oskar Schlemmer.

The school was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 as a merger of the Grand Ducal School of Arts and Crafts and the Weimar Academy of Fine Art. One of the main objectives of the Bauhaus was to unify art, craft, and technology. This approach was incorporated into the school curriculum.

Even before the Nazis came to power in Germany, the political pressure was difficult for the school. Nearly from the start, the Nazi movement denounced Bauhaus for its “degenerate art”and they were determined to break it down due to the foreign, probably Jewish influences of “cosmopolitan modernism.” Bauhaus was pressured to close in April 1933. Many of the artists involved with the Bauhaus fled, or were exiled by the Nazi regime and therefor succeeded to spread the ideas around the world.

The Bauhaus had a major impact on art and architecture trends in Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Israel, including the “New Bauhaus” of Chicago.

In 2004, Tel Aviv was added to the list of world heritage sites by the UN due to its abundance of Bauhaus architecture.

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