Lyonel Feininger, 1919

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Cathedral, cover of the manifesto and programme of the Weimar State Bauhaus, auhtor: Lyonel Feininger, April 1919.

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Feininger’s cubist woodcut, 'Cathedral', was made in 1919 for the cover of Walter Gropius’s manifesto and programme for the Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar. Here, Gropius and Feininger referred to the 'miracle of the Gothic cathedral' as a Synthesis of the art. The name 'Bauhaus' subsequently evolved as an allusion to the medieval masons’ guilds.


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  2. Bushart, Magdalena (2009): Am Anfang ein Missverständnis. Feiningers Kathedrale und das Bauhaus-Manifest, in:Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau und Klassik Stiftung Weimar (2009): Modell Bauhaus, Ostfildern, 2009, S. 29-32.
  3. Siebenbrodt, Michael (2000): Bauhaus Weimar. Entwürfe für die Zukunft, Ostfildern-Ruit.
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