Oskar Schlemmer:
Picture "Bauhaus Stairs" (1932)


Oskar Schlemmer:
Picture "Bauhaus Stairs" (1932)


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ars mundi exclusive edition | limited, 499 exemplars | reproduction, giclée on canvas | wedge frame | framing | format 121.5 x 86.5 cm (H/W)


Oskar Schlemmer: Picture "Bauhaus Stairs" (1932)

A famous unknown: Oskar Schlemmer

Oskar Schlemmer (1853-1943) was for a long time not comprehensively displayed and also scientific publications were difficult. The reason: Schlemmer's heirs of the second generation repeatedly took back items loaned to museums and even forbade reproductions This made a 'famous unknown" of the great Bauhaus artist. While individual works (such as these Bauhaus stairs) got iconic significance, another part of his works disappeared from the contemporary awareness. This changed only recently. The Stuttgarter Staatsgalerie dedicated to Schlemmer in 2014 a worldwide appreciated exhibition, whose catalogue could finally provide now - 70 years after his death - a comprehensive, richly illustrated presentation.

Schlemmer's best known work: The "Bauhaus Stairs" full of rushing young people. Original: Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Giclée on canvas, stretched on wedge frame. The canvas texture highlights the painting effect. Framed with shadow gap strip. Limited edition, 499 exemplars. Format 121.5 x 86.5 cm (H/W). ars mundi exclusive edition.

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"I want to create human types, not portraits and portray the essence of a room and not interior" – in these short lines Oskar Schlemmer explained the essence of its art. His topic is the space as such and a human as such. It would be incorrect to see anonymized, even alienated people in these carefully composed mannequins. Not by coincidence they remind the archaic models which are worshipped by Schlemmer as the highest expression of human image.

For a long time Oscar Schlemmer wasn’t exhibited in the full. Any fundamental scientific researches on his works were almost impossible. The reason for that was Schlemmer’s heirs of the second generation who took pictures back from museums and forbade reproductions. This made the great Bauhaus artist “a famous incognito”. While some of his works obtained iconic meaning, the others vanished from the consciousness of modernity. Recently, the situation has changed. The Stuttgart City Galery dedicated prepare an exhibition of Schlemmer’s works that gained a worldwide respect. The catalog of the exhibition, issued 70 years after the artist’s death, contained a wide and richly illustrated presentation of his works

Representation of typical scenes of daily life in painting, which can distinguish between peasant, bourgeois and courtly themes.

The genre reached its peak and immense popularity in the Dutch painting of the 17th century. In the 18th century, especially in France, the courtly and gallant painting comes to the fore while in Germany the bourgeois character was emphasised.

Graphic or sculpture edition that was initiated by ars mundi and is available only at ars mundi or at distribution partner licensed by ars mundi.

Giclée = derived from the French verb gicler meaning "to squirt, spray".

Giclée method is a digital printing process. It is a high-resolution, large-format printout on an inkjet printer with special different coloured or pigment-based inks (usually six to twelve). The colours are light-fast, that is, resistant to harmful UV light. They have a high richness of nuance, contrast and saturation.

The Giclée process is suitable for real art canvas, handmade and watercolor paper and for silk.

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