German art between the wars

The Bauhaus

At the Bauhaus, the various fine and applied arts were integrated and equally valued.

1919 - 1933

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László Moholy-Nagy, <em>Telephone Pictures</em>
László Moholy-Nagy, Telephone Pictures

Moholy-Nagy claimed to create these objects without touching them or even seeing them—how does that work?

László Moholy-Nagy, <em>Climbing the Mast</em>
László Moholy-Nagy, Climbing the Mast

A worm’s eye view: this photograph upends our expectations, helping us think more deeply about seeing.

Paul Klee, <em>Twittering Machine (Die Zwitscher-Maschine)</em>
Paul Klee, Twittering Machine (Die Zwitscher-Maschine)

Klee playfully evokes sound, energy, and motion with these mischievous birds—all in two dimensions.

Lyonel Feininger, <em>Cathedral for Program of the State Bauhaus in Weimar</em>
Lyonel Feininger, Cathedral for Program of the State Bauhaus in Weimar

This woodcut embodies the hopes of the Bauhaus, a new German school for craft and architecture.

László Moholy-Nagy, <em>Composition A.XX</em>
László Moholy-Nagy, Composition A.XX

Moholy-Nagy influenced the Bauhaus in its shift toward industrial aesthetics and materials.

Selected Contributors | The Bauhaus