Oskar Schlemmer

German, 1888–1943

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Oskar Schlemmer

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German, 1888–1943

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A pioneer of abstract art and dance associated with the Bauhaus, Oskar Schlemmer was primarily concerned with the figure in space, which he explored through painting, sculpture, and choreography. Schlemmer was appointed to run the sculpture and mural-painting workshops at the Bauhaus in 1920—the same year that Paul Klee entered its faculty—before he moved into the theater workshop. In his most famous work, an internationally performed avant-garde dance, Triadisches Ballet (Triadic Ballet), which premiered in 1922, figures are transformed into geometric shapes. Schlemmer approached abstraction by treating the human figure in a flat and schematic fashion, and his experience with dance was expressed in paintings such as The Dancer (1923) and The Gesture, Dancer (1922), in which the stylized torso and legs of a female figure are huge curved forms. He studied under Adolf Holzer, and designed sets for Stravinsky’s operas. During the Nazi regime, Schlemmer’s works were labeled degenerate.

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Biography

A pioneer of abstract art and dance associated with the Bauhaus, Oskar Schlemmer was primarily concerned with the figure in space, which he explored through painting, sculpture, and choreography. Schlemmer was appointed to run the sculpture and mural-painting workshops at the Bauhaus in 1920—the same year that Paul Klee entered its faculty—before he moved into the theater workshop. In his most famous work, an internationally performed avant-garde dance, Triadisches Ballet (Triadic Ballet), which premiered in 1922, figures are transformed into geometric shapes. Schlemmer approached abstraction by treating the human figure in a flat and schematic fashion, and his experience with dance was expressed in paintings such as The Dancer (1923) and The Gesture, Dancer (1922), in which the stylized torso and legs of a female figure are huge curved forms. He studied under Adolf Holzer, and designed sets for Stravinsky’s operas. During the Nazi regime, Schlemmer’s works were labeled degenerate.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Museo Reina Sofia
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Oskar Schlemmer
The Bauhaus
Mar 20th, 2019
The Bauhaus
From Chagall to Koons, 7 Artists Who Designed Costumes
Oct 27th, 2017
From Chagall to Koons, 7 Artists Who Designed Costumes
The Women of the Bauhaus School
Apr 3rd, 2017
The Women of the Bauhaus School
A Team of Creatives Is Bringing This Bauhaus Ballet into the Digital Age
Nov 22nd, 2016
A Team of Creatives Is Bringing This Bauhaus Ballet into the Digital Age
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