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Armchair

Artist:
Marcel Breuer (American (born Hungary) 1902–1981)
Date:
1922
Medium:
Oak, wool upholstery
Dimensions:
37 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (94.6 x 56.5 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble, Jr. Gift, in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, and Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Fund, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.366
Not on view
This chair was conceived during Breuer’s first years at the Bauhaus, Weimar, and the remarkable design marks the first time he used a cantilevered frame. The profound influence of the Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld is seen in its articulated and highly abstract De Stijl–like sculptural composition.
Beate Kramer, Basel (until 1958; sold in 1958 to MoMA); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1958–83; sold, Christie's, New York, October 1, 1983, no. 199, to MMA)

Baltimore. Walters Art Gallery. "Art Nouveau to Art Moderne: Twentieth-Century Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 2–April 28, 1985, no catalogue.

Raleigh. North Carolina Museum of Art. "Art Nouveau to Art Moderne: Twentieth-Century Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 22–August 11, 1985, unnum. brochure.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part ll: 1925-1950," May 9–October 29, 2000, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900–Present, Part II," May 23, 2011–July 1, 2012, no catalogue.

Hans M. Wingler. The Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago. Rev. ed. (1st ed., 1962). Cambridge, Mass., 1969, p. 307, fig. c (unknown collection).

Peter Hahn and Christian Wolsdorff, ed. Bauhaus Archiv-Museum. Sammlungs-Katalog (Auswahl): Architektur, Design, Malerei, Graphik, Kunstpädagogik. Berlin, 1981, pp. 90–91, no. 153, ill. (Bauhaus Archiv-Museum collection).

Christopher Wilk. Marcel Breuer: Furniture and Interiors. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1981, pp. 24, 26, fig. 7 (MoMA collection), fig. 27 (same model with different fabric).

Margaret B. Caldwell. "Buying at Auction." Interior Design (December 1983), p. 78, ill.

Otakar Máčel in Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture. Ed. Alexander von Vegesack and Mathias Remmele. Exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum. Weil am Rhein, 2003, ill. p. 57 (color) (Vitra Design Museum collection).

Barry Bergdoll in Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman. Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 2009, p. 48, no. 97, fig. 24, ill. p. 104 (color).



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