BAUHAUS 1919 – 1928. Herbert Bayer, Walter Gropius and Ise Gropius. Boston: Branford, 1959. Third Printing.

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BAUHAUS 1919 – 1928

Herbert Bayer, Walter Gropius and Ise Gropius [Editors]

Herbert Bayer, Walter Gropius and Ise Gropius [Editors]: BAUHAUS 1919-1928. Boston: Branford, 1959. Third printing of the original MoMA edition from 1938. Blue cloth stamped in white. Printed dust jacket. 224 pp. 550 black and white illustrations. Book design and typography by Herbert Bayer. Blue cloth clean and unfaded. Jacket lightly rubbed with a short, closed tear to upper edge of front panel and an odd white paint streak mildly obscuring "bauhaus" on the spine. Front pastedowns lightly offset from a vintage clipping. Really a wonderful copy: a nearly fine copy in a nearly fine, unclipped dust jacket.

7.75 x 10.25 hardcover book with 224 pages and 550 illustrations. Reprint of the 1938 MoMA monograph devoted to the influence of the Weimar and Dessau Bauhaus under the directorship of Walter Gropius.

Includes work by all the Bauhaus faculty including Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Marcel Breuer, Herbert Bayer, Josef Albers, Oskar Schlemmer, Mies van der Rohe and others.

This book is considered one of THE most definitive Bauhaus volumes ever published.

Includes work from the furniture, weaving, metal, typography and painting workshops. Highly recommended.

Contents include:

  • Preface by Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
  • The Background of the Bauhaus by Alexander Dorner
  • Weimar Bauhaus 1919-25
  • The Theory and Organization of the Bauhaus by Walter Gropius (Weimar, 1923)
  • Preliminary Course: Itten
  • Klee's Course
  • Kandinsky's Course
  • Carpentry Workshop
  • Stained Glass Workshop
  • Pottery Workshop
  • Metal Workshop
  • Weaving Workshop
  • Stage Workshop
  • Wall Painting Workshop
  • Display Design
  • Architecture
  • Typography and Layout; the Bauhaus Press
  • Preliminary Course: Moholy-Nagy
  • Preliminary Course: Albers
  • Dessau Bauhaus 1925-1928
  • Bauhaus Building
  • The Masters' Houses
  • Furniture Workshop
  • Metal Workshop: Lighting fixtures, et cetera
  • Weaving Workshop
  • Typography Workshop: Printing, layout, posters
  • Photography
  • Exhibition Technique
  • Wall Painting Workshop: Wall paper
  • Sculpture Workshop
  • Stage Workshop
  • Kandinsky's Course
  • Paul Klee speaks
  • Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Art, 1919-1928
  • Spread of the Bauhaus Idea
  • Bauhaus Teaching in the United States
  • Biographical Notes by Janet Henrich
  • Bibliography by Beaumont Newhall
  • Index of Illustrations

From the book: "Bauhaus 1919-1928, originally published by The Museum of Modern Art in 1938, remains today one of the most valuable accounts of the magnificent achievements of the school. The book is a point-for-point record of actual programs and projects at the Bauhaus, prepared by Herbert Bayer under the general editorship of Walter Gropius and with the collaboration of a dozen other Bauhaus teachers -- including Kandinsky, Klee, Feininger, Schlemmer, Itten, Moholy-Nagy, Albers, and Breuer. Rather than a retrospective history, here is a collection of photographs, articles, and notes prepared on the field of action. It may be considered as much a work of the Bauhaus as it is a work about it; even the typography and layout for the volume were designed by a former Bauhaus master. "

"This book on the Bauhaus was published in conjunction with the Museum Of Arts exhibition, Bauhaus 1919-28. Like the exhibition, it was for the most part limited to the first nine years of the institution, the period during which Gropius was director. For reasons beyond the control of any of the individuals involved, the last five years of the Bauhaus could not be represented. During those five years much excellent work was done and the international reputation of the Bauhaus increased rapidly, but, unfortunately for the purposes of this book, the fundamental character of the Bauhaus had already been established under Gropius' leadership. This book is primarily a collection of evidence - photographs, articles and notes done on the field of action, and assembled here with a minimum of retrospective revision."