Sale: 520 / Evening Sale, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 345

 
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Bauhaus
Erste Mappe der Meister des Staatlichen Bauhauses in Weimar, 1921.
Portfolio with Woodcuts (4), etchings (2), colo...
Post auction sale: € 150,000 / $ 180,000
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Lot description
Erste Mappe der Meister des Staatlichen Bauhauses in Weimar. 1921.
Portfolio with Woodcuts (4), etchings (2), colored lithographs (2) and lithographs (6), title sheet, printer's note, imprint and table of content. Printed and published by the State Bauhaus Weimar in 1921.
Peters I/1-14. Wingler I/1-14. Söhn HDO 101-1 to 101-14. All signed, some dated (8), Klee's two sheets with work number. With hand-written number in printer's note. From an edition of 110 copies. On different types of paper. Up to 37 x 29.5 cm (14.5 x 11.6 in). Sheet: up to 39 x 55 cm (15,3 x 21,5 in).
Contains the following works:
L. Feininger, Villa am Strand (Prasse W 226). L. Feininger, Spaziergänger (Prasse W 113). J. Itten, Spruch von O.Z. Harnisch "Gruß und Heil" (Itten 223). J. Itten, Das Haus des weißen Mannes (Itten 222). P. Klee, Die Heilige vom inneren Licht (Klee 2713). P. Klee, Hoffmaneske Märchenscene (Klee 2714). G. Marcks, Katzen im Dachboden (Lammek H 27). G. Marcks, Die Eule (Lammek H 28). G. Muche, Tierkopf (Schiller 12). G. Muche, Hand-Herz (Schiller 13). O. Schlemmer, Figur von der Seite (Schlemmer GL 7). O. Schlemmer, Konzentrische Gruppe (Schlemmer GL 8). L. Schreyer, Farbform 6 aus Bühnenwerk "Kindsterben". L. Schreyer, Farbform 2 aus Bühnenwerk "Kindsterben". Some with Bauhaus blindstamp (9). Title sheet, printer's note, imprint and table of content, as well as the portfolio's bindng designd by L. Feininger. In Original mounts. The complete set.
• First publication of the Bauhaus masters.
• Extraordinarily rare complete copy.
• Two other rare complete copies are in possession of the Bauhaus Museum, Weimar, and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
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PROVENANCE: Private collection Baden-Württemberg.

"All those who do not know of our work at the Bauhaus, and who can't know, shall learn of it through this work."
Lyonel Feininger, 1921

Essay
Unity of art, craft and design
In its unrestricted modernity, the Bauhaus is the most important art school of the Weimar Republic. The basic ideas taught here led to a complete reorientation of art education. Despite at times strong opposition, which reached its sad climax with the closure of the renowned institution in 1930, the principles formulated and implemented here for the first time have prevailed in the long term and continue to have an effect today. The masters of the Bauhaus and many students were driven into exile under the National Socialists and passed on the ideas and concepts around the world. The portfolio offered here is a testimony to this fundamental reorientation of art education and the unity of art, craft and design taught at the Bauhaus. For example, the font of the printer's note and text by Lyonel Feininger forms a pictorial whole. The cover design was also made by Feininger.

An outstanding project
This extraordinary portfolio symbolizes the Bauhaus' aspiration to unite applied and fine art. In 1921, Lyonel Feininger took over the position of "master printmaker" at the Bauhaus from Walther Klemm, who had worked there since 1913. Among the graphic portfolios published by the State Bauhaus in Weimar, the "Bauhaus Drucke. Neue Europäische Graphik" stands out as a committed, transnational project. A cross-national European series of publications was to be created, an absolutely extraordinary approach in the light of the political conditions at the time. The participating artists also meet the highest standards, only artists of distinction made contributions; when it was promoted before release in 1921, some 75 names were mentioned. The first of the five planned portfolios, the first Bauhaus portfolio offered here, starts with the Bauhaus masters themselves. This portfolio shows the way in which each of the Bauhaus teacher’s characteristic take on questions regarding content and form, as well as on arts and crafts.

Complete Bauhaus portfolios are extremely rare

Only very few complete Bauhaus portfolios, of which originally a total of 110 copies were published, have been preserved, as most copies fell victim to the destruction through the National Socialists. From those few preserved portfolios sheets were often removed and sold individually. Not least because of this, the acquisition of a complete copy of the first Bauhaus portfolio by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar a few years ago was rightly considered "a real stroke of luck" (quote from a press release of Kulturstiftung des Bundes, 2016). [EH]
345
Bauhaus
Erste Mappe der Meister des Staatlichen Bauhauses in Weimar, 1921.
Portfolio with Woodcuts (4), etchings (2), colo...
Post auction sale: € 150,000 / $ 180,000
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