Designer Johannes Itten Swiss

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In 1919 Itten was invited by Walter Gropius to join the Bauhaus school which Gropius had recently founded in Weimar, Germany. Students at this new school were trained by both an artist and a master craftsman in keeping with the school's philosophy of integrating the fine and applied arts. Itten, who had studied painting in Stuttgart and had run his own art school in Vienna, became a central influence as a master at the Bauhaus. He taught the "preliminary course", initiating a mandatory form and color education for the students and he became head of the metal, wall painting and glass painting workshops. His approach, however, was considered too mystical for the pragmatic director and Itten left the Bauhaus in 1923. This hand hammered bowl is a unique design made by Itten while he was an art student at the Stuttgarter Akademie.

Bowl, Johannes Itten (Swiss, Süderen-Linden 1888–1967 Zurich), Hammered brass

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