Monday, June 04, 2012

Oskar Schlemmer

"Female Head, lowered profile."
Watercolour, 28 x 22 cm.
On the open market in Zürich, 2011.

Oskar Schlemmer was born in 1888 in Swabia and, after a period studying painting, studied at the "Kunstgewerbeschule" as well as the "Akademie der Bildenden Künste" in Stuttgart, Germany.
Stylised female figures, were a predominant subject in his painting, integrated into geometric structures.

In the twenies Schlemmer worked as a teacher at the Bauhaus, that was founded by the architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969). Occupied with murals, sculpture, drawing and painting showed that he always strove to create a "Gesamtkunstwerk".  Schlemmer's work became intrigued with the possibilities of figures and Greek sculpture with their relationship to the space around them.
He published his theories on art in a comprehensive book with his letters and diary entries.
The artist died in 1943.

This watercolor can be compared with "Oskar Banister Scene I, 1931" watercolour that is conserved in the Albertina in Vienna.


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