Artists of the Bauhaus

The Bauhaus refers to both The Staatliches Bauhaus, a German art school that operated between 1919 and 1933, and the art movement that was born out of it. The Bauhaus art school combined craft and the fine arts, and is widely recognized for its innovative approach to design. The school aimed to combine the designer's creative vision with the process of mass production, bridging the gap between functional design and aesthetics. The Bauhaus is characterized by a geometric and abstract style, and little to no expression of emotion or reference to historical periods. Due to constant harassment by the Nazi party, The Bauhaus school closed its doors permanently in 1933, just 14 years after its creation. 

Founded in Weimar, Germany by Walter Gropius, the underlying principle of the Bauhaus was the concept called “Gesamtkunstwerk", meaning “total work of art" or an artwork in which different art forms would be united. This term was further developed by later European art movements and became an important element of modern art. Bauhaus design is a prime example of Gesamtkunstwerk in action, as each design element (interior, exterior and furnishing) is created to complement the other. 

Many notable artistic and design figures came out of the Bauhaus school, including Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Anni Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marianne Brandt. Discover artists belonging to and inspired by the Bauhaus movement with Artsper today!

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