Klee, a master: the time of the Bauhaus
Luis Fernández-Galiano views the pedagogical-artistic experiment of the Bauhaus (1919-1933) in three stages, corresponding to the original school of arts and crafts, which would subsequently become a school of design and finally a school of architecture. This progression paralleled the turbulent history of Germany during the inter-war period, from Weimar and Dessau to Berlin. Paul Klee formed part of the Bauhaus from 1920 to 1931, and thus experienced both the school’s most enlightened period –catalysed by the mystic leanings of another Swiss artist: Johannes Itten–, and its more rationalist and functional phase, which commenced in 1923 under the influence of Theo van Doesburg and Dutch neoplasticism.
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