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Of or relating to an early 20th-century modernist school of architecture and design noted for its use of rectilinear forms, plain unadorned surfaces, and techniques and materials associated with industrial production.

[German, an architecture school founded by Walter Gropius : Bau, construction, architecture (from Middle High German , building, from Old High German, from būan, to dwell, settle; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots) + Haus, house (from Middle High German hūs, from Old High German).]


a. a German school of architecture and applied arts founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius on experimental principles of functionalism and truth to materials. After being closed by the Nazis in 1933, its ideas were widely disseminated by its students and staff, including Kandinsky, Klee, Feininger, Moholy-Nagy, and Mies van der Rohe
b. (as modifier): Bauhaus wallpaper.
[C20: German, literally: building house]



1. a German school of design in existence from 1919 to 1933, established by Walter Gropius.
2. of or pertaining to the styles developed at the Bauhaus, marked by an emphasis on functional design.
[< German, =Bau- build, building + Haus house]


A German school of architecture and design 1919–33. Founded by the architect Walter Gropius, it epitomized the marriage of modern design, mass production, industrial design, and a Teutonic romantic approach to abstract art. Alfred Arndt (b. 1898) led the furniture workshop.
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Noun1.Bauhaus - a German style of architecture begun by Walter Gropius in 1918Bauhaus - a German style of architecture begun by Walter Gropius in 1918
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While in Europe for a second time in 1932, Coppola met Stern and joined the Bauhaus to be schooled in Peterhans's precision.
Smith presents students, academics, and researchers with an examination of the writings of attendees of the Bauhaus weaving workshop on their craft in the context of a variety of other media, including painting patents, photography, and architecture.
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She began to publicly claim recognition for her contribution to Laszlo's work in the 1970s (1); but it was not until Rolf Sachsse published a monograph on Lucia in 1985 and a catalogue of her Bauhaus photos in 1995 that her authorship of many of the iconic photographs of the Bauhaus began to be acknowledged.
Franks was from the Bauhaus school in Dessau, Germany, and his input meant that the Boosbeck designs were influenced by Bauhaus school.
The exhibition will span the three decades of Klee's career, including his emergence on the Munich art scene, his period teaching at the Bauhaus and his last paintings, created after the Second World War and produced in Switzerland where he had taken refuge.
There had been arts and craft movements in England, Russia and in the United States long before the Bauhaus came into existence.
Perhaps the most famous case of linking art with design is that of a German design school known as the Bauhaus, which existed in the first half of the 20th century.
The founding Director of the Bauhaus whose manifesto of 1919 set the vision and curriculum for the school.
The Bauhaus was not an architectural movement but a school for artists, architects, and designers whose uniqueness was found "not so much [in] its departure from prevailing aesthetic norms--specifically its rejection of historical styles--but rather [in] its systematic recasting of the way in which the fine and applied arts were taught" (Many buildings deemed Bauhaus are actually Modernist works by Modernist stars who had nothing at all to do with the Bauhaus, Filler insists.