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Bauhaus Stairway

Description: Bauhaus Stairway depicts the Bauhaus, a school founded in 1919 by architect Walter Gropius, famous for its visionary integration of technology, art, and design. Although Schlemmer made this painting three years after he left his teaching position at the Bauhaus, the works gridded structure, streamlined modular bodies and predominant palette of primary colors capture the schools vibrant design spirit. The carefully choreographed arrangement of the figures and the man en pointe at the top of the stairs reflects Schlemmers role as the creator of many important dance and theatrical productions at the Bauhaus. Schlemmer painted this work as Hitler assumed power, shortly before the Nazis closed the Bauhaus for good. He was among many artists persecuted by the Nazis, whose work they deemed "degenerate" and often destroyed.
Date: 1932~
Creator: Schlemmer, Oskar

Flute Player

Description: Painting of a male figure playing a flute who is dressed in peach, pale-green and purple traditional middle-eastern garb against a brown, gold and blue background.
Date: 1934~
Creator: Rubin, Reuven

Piruli

Description: Painting of green, red, brown and gray featuring a male and female figure inside a wood barrel. The letters "Piruli" in the background.
Date: 1939~
Creator: Zalce, Alfredo