German Bauhaus objects are characterized by their simple forms, clean lines, and inexpensive materials. A superb example of pure Bauhaus design, this adjustable table lamp is the only work by Christian Dell in an American collection. Dell held the position of Master Craftsman at the Dessau metal workshop, and the shape of the modern office light was largely developed by him. This work’s austere geometrical form and mechanized appearance remain the hallmarks of mass-produced industrial design to this day.1
Marcel Breuer became a master at the Bahaus 1924, when the cabinetmaking and metal workshops were combined. Within a short time, he began creating tubular steel furniture like these tables, which were designed to be mass produced.
Unemployed woman living in Weimar Germany advertises her skills. Translation: "Hello! I'm looking for work. I can do shorthand and typing, can speak French and English, will accept any type of household job and can do anything that demands an attentive mind."
Wagenfeld's lifelong dedication to the modern movement and its ideals of functionalism, simplicity and mass production are evident in this tea service first produced in the early '30s. Its clarity and purity convey a timeless quality, which no doubt accounts for its continued production. Brought to the Jenaer Glaswerk by its principal, Erich Schott, Wagenfeld was commissioned to design heat-resistant glass products such as this tea service.
Grosz is one of the most important artists associated with the New Objectivity movement. His paintings and sketches often offered critical judgments of German society during the Weimar Republic. See full-sized image for analysis.
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