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Bauhaus (Taschen Basic Art Series) [Paperback]

Magdalena Droste
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30 Jun 2006 Taschen Basic Art Series
Functional beauty Founded in Welmar in 1919, the Bauhaus school developed a revolutionary approach that fused fine art with craftsmanship and engineering in everything from architecture to furniture, typography, and even theater. Originally headed by Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus counted among its members artists and architects such as Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Marcel Breuer. In 1930 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe took over as the leader, but soon after, in 1933, the Nazi government shut down the school. During its fourteen years of existence, Bauhaus managed to change the faces of art, architecture, and industrial design forever and is still hugely influential today.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Benedikt Taschen Verlag; New edition edition (30 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822836494
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822836491
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Magdalena Droste has held the chair of art history at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany since 1997. She has widely published and researched on art and artists, with an emphasis on Bauhaus and design history of the 20th century.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fan of the Series. 22 Aug 2010
The Taschen basic art series are bargain books. The quality of the images and text are amazing value for the price. This particular book provides a great insight into the the Bauhaus movement.

For those wishing for a more indepth look into the movements influence on the modern world other reads are more suitable. This book however is a cheap book perfect for developing an understanding of Bauhaus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars basic 5 Nov 2012
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A basic book, that gives you the good understanding of a very interesting school and thinking of design. But seen better books about the bauhaus school - was a bit disappointed, since it doesn't add much new, if already knows the basic....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taschen rocks, 13 Mar 2012
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I love Taschen's approach to publishing. They make really great value but high quality books with accessible writing. What more could you want?!

The Bauhaus book is an overview of the movement which examines the key practitioners that helped define it. All the included images are of very high quality and the writing is engaging and definitely not overly flowery and as obtuse as some art writing.

A great introduction to the movement at a giveaway price!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good Bauhaus overiview - but lacks eye candy.. 8 Jan 2013
as a proud owner of a repro Bauhaus chair by Marcel Breur (a pristine s/h bargain charity shop buy - but i digress) i started to delve into the history of the chair (a B2) + then the rich legacy of the entire Bauhaus school of architecture + design. and so to this inexpensive nicely presented taschen softback book.

measuring 9" x 7 1/2" with a well written concise history, as well as political context of the origins + eventual dissolution of the school : Magdalene Droste is informative if not as detailed as Frank Whitford in his bauhaus book for thames + hudson. this taschen book offers many fine + fascinating images of the people in situ during this time , along with a more architectural emphasis, as well as the key people :Gropius,Meyer, Mies van Rohe but also the start at least of a gender egaliterian nature far ahead of its 1919-1933 era, although Droste is critical still of the still male dominated school "masters"at the Bauhaus.

my headline comment of not enough "eye candy" may seems crass but this edition does not contain many colour illustrations of key design / art works : be it exhibition flyers,furniture or textile designs -so that is a shame. however ,Droste's is a well written book that just lacks a little visusal "oomph" for me. Whitford's thames and hudson book (similarly priced) goes deeper into the historical-social context and offers more colour illustrations. or - for total eye candy overload in glorious large images go for the budget price "50 Bauhaus Icons You Should Know" (prestel) which makes up for the rather monochromatic taschen basic art volume here.
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