Jan 2, 2014
Jan 2, 2014

Bauhaus Sculptural Study

Bauhaus Sculptural Study

c. 1927

Erich Consemüller

(German, 1902–1957)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 10.6 x 7.6 cm (4 3/16 x 3 in.); Paper: 10.9 x 8 cm (4 5/16 x 3 1/8 in.); Mounted, primary: 14.7 x 10.5 cm (5 13/16 x 4 1/8 in.); Mounted, secondary: 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.44



Consemüller, an architecture student at the Bauhaus, was hired to document the work, performances, and buildings at this revolutionary modernist German art school. Consemüller made an artistic rather than documentary image of this wooden sculptural model by another student. He had it held on its side so that its crossbars became diagonals, and set them against the rectilinear grid of the school’s windows. Two fragments of reality are merged here to create an abstraction about space, perspective, and light.

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