OLAF MEXTORF    Book Number: 87510    Product format: Hardback

As a painter, sculptor, draughtsman, graphic artist, wall designer, stage designer and choreographer, Oskar Schlemmer is one of the most versatile artists of the 20th century. Today the name Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943) is primarily associated with the State Bauhaus, founded in Weimar in 1919. His painting Bauhaus Stairway and the Figurines of the Triadic Ballet have become icons of classical modernism. In both key works he reduced the human figure to schematised forms. The diagonal shapes of the backs of the travellers as they ascend the diagonal staircase, engrossed in their own thoughts, they are wearing bold colours. Page ten shows the 1932 watercolour and ink over pencil on writing paper preparatory sketch for this famous artwork and the following page a photograph of the actual staircase on which is was based. Schlemmer updated the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk developed in the 19th century and called for the unity of art, craftsmanship and architecture. His studies initially focussed on the depiction of the human body, the careful composition and organisation of the picture surface, and his first experiments in open-air painting. We see for example a 1912 oil on canvas 'In Front of the Monastery' and 'Plant Nursery' and see the influence of colour and space and the influence of Cézanne and the bold outlines of Kandinsky. Examples of theirs and other artists' work are included, a self portrait, a lacquer cabinet, details of heads and extraordinary outline shapes in such famous artworks as Duo of 1930 and The Race of the same year. The Folkwang Cycle depicts more misty figures and the geometric shapes continue in Concentric Group in a Room and the angry looking Legislator. 216 pages in new Könemann publication, packed with colour on every page. 7½" square.
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