Bauhaus All Around: Seriously, It's Everywhere

"Wassily Kandinsky wrote extensively about composition – how objects relate to one another on the page, and how to guide the viewer’s eye. Paul Klee's entire career was virtually an exploration in colour theory – how the use of a colour can provoke an instant, desired reaction in a viewer’s mind, and how that can change their perception of what is presented to them. Herbert Bayer broke down typography into as few geometric shapes as possible, paving the way for ‘Grotesk’ fonts to become accepted as the more standardised Sans-Serifs that we all know and overuse."

Here are some big names involved in Bauhaus at its inception.

Paul Klee

Wassily Kandinsky

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Piet Mondrian

Marcel Breuer

(the last picture is the Whitney Museum built in 1966; now owned by the Met since the Whitney moved)

Even the White City of Tel Aviv was built in the 1930s in Bauhaus style.

Just by looking at this collection of work, you can identify the lineage of the Bauhaus aesthetic as you walk down the street, open up a magazine, sit around your own house or travel the world. It's not just an aesthetic though, but a philosophy towards art and design-- that it should be unified in craft, form, and use, focusing on economy of space, and an elegance in simplicity. Staatliches Bauhaus meant the ability to merge all these aspects into a singular principle to guide the design of buildings, cars, chairs, computers, lamps, lipsticks, jackets, paintings and sculptures. Pretty neat, don't you think?