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The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism Hardcover – 1 Feb 2010

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307268365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307268365
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 4.4 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Fox Weber is the director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and author of numerous books, including Patron Saints: Five Rebels Who Opened America to a New Art, 1928-1943; Le Corbusier: A Life; and Balthus: A Biography. He lives in Bethany, CT. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 April 2011
Format: Paperback
Like many others, on first flipping through the book, I was a little disappointed at the lack of colour photos. Yet, there are so many other books on the Bauhaus that have those. So I decided it is ultimately refreshing to have a book that approaches the bauhaus from another perspective. This book looks at the lives of some of the eminent teachers at the Bauhaus. In this way Weber brings to life the personalities behind one of the most enduring artistic movements of the 20th century. Many of the black and white photographs are of the artists themselves in their home surroundings. Whilst you might be familiar with their art in the widest sense of the word, including furniture, architecture and textiles, are you familiar with the lives of the artists? If you are not, you will find this book of interest as a biography.
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Good Read 5 Mar. 2010
By XV Corps - Published on
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This is a fun read. Sometimes it almost seems that Weber is too close to his subjects. The praise he covers the Bauhauslers with is a little over the top but this is a great introduction to what the Bauhaus was and was about. It could have done with more colored illustrations. In some cases, Weber describes an object or painting but with no illustration of the piece it is somewhat hard to follow. Surely, since he talks a lot about J. Albers' "Homage to the Square", that there would at least be an example of one in the book. Overall, a good read.
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Fascinating book about a creative community.... 30 April 2010
By Sigrid Olsen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This marvelous book introduces the major Bauhaus masters. I can give it no greater compliment than saying that after reading this book, I wanted to paint, weave, make a stained glass window, and design a building, so captivating was Weber's book. I learned so much more about Bauhaus than I knew before. It covers the movement from Weimar, to Dessau, to the last years in Berlin, where the school struggled against the disdain of the Third Reich. The Bauhaus community created and feuded together. They also had the support of civic leaders, which is the only thing I wish Weber would have included a bit more detail.

Instead of distracting the reader with a "meanwhile" approach and trying to tell the stories of the main participants, all at the same time, he, instead, splits the book into six intertwining biographies.

It was such an interesting read! It is more a comment on American taste than Weber's writing that there are so few reviews. This book is a treasure of research, interviews and anecdotes.

The Bauhaus movement was not just architecture, but also painting, theater, music performance and weaving. In fact, Weber knew both Anni and Josef Albers, and his exploration of their later life in America is personal, funny, and at times an eye opener (such as when a movie star tries to persuade Anni Albers to give him some of her late husband's paintings). I especially enjoyed reading about Anni Albers beautiful tapestries/weavings, which are considered masterpieces.

Just when I thought it could not be better, it ends with an account of Mies van der Rohe who is called before Nazi leader Alfred Rosenberg (who would be tried, and executed, at Nuremberg). Seeing that Bauhaus is doomed, he still scolds Rosenberg for sitting at an ugly desk. You have to admire his nerve....
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Disappointing 16 Jun. 2010
By Roger Neustadter - Published on
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A very disappointing book. The author chooses to write at great length about Joseph and Anni Albers, who he knew well. In doing so he almost ignores important Bauhaus figures such as Bruer and minimizes coverage of others. For a $40 book he skimps on illustrations. Seeing pictures or drawings of furniture and buildings would have added greatly to the enjoyment and the knowledge gained from the book. The information about the Albers favorite restaurant in suburban Connecticut is of little interest to me and of little importance compared to the Bauhaus history.
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Bauhaus stories for grownups 7 Aug. 2010
By John R. Rieben - Published on
Format: Hardcover
So much has been written about Gropius and Mies that it seems almost gratuitous to include them in this publication. With the exception of naming Frau Gropius's lover, I found nothing new nor enlightening. Historians and observers have likewise provided us with countless accounts of Klee and Kandinsky but the author has helped me understand the two Bauhaus Masters better as real people rather than artistic icons. The authors' sensitive telling of the hardship's of war years and how it personally affected Kandinsky, the death of his 3 year old son from malnutrition, causes me to look at his work with a new sensitivity. I have always admired Klee, almost as much as Kandinsky, but I was not aware of his oddness. Almost as bad as Itten. Even now I am not sure if it was psychological in nature or simply his existence on a different plane. I had not before realized the extent his colleagues and students found him peculiar. Today his lecture technique would gain him a very low grade in "Rate Your Professor" on-line evaluation.

But the real value of the book and what kept me transfixed comes in the personal and sensitive fleshing out of Joseph and Anni Albers by the author. I don't personally place them at the same elevated level as Gropius, Kandinsky, Klee, and Mies but they are important contributors to the Bauhaus movement and more important, they increased the importance of their art and professional standing in their post Bauhaus life.

The author became close enough to the Albers that they trusted him with both their strengths, and weaknesses. Through the telling of their stories, secrets, and personal reminisces I am able to
know the Albers a little. I am struck by how mean-spirited they could be, critical, jealous, insecure, boorish, vindictive, pathetic, snobbish, generous, protective, warm, gracious, creative, and totally and consummately dedicated to their art.

I really enjoyed getting to know Albers and I expect I will be digesting this book for quite a while.
An easy read 23 April 2015
By C. Cawley - Published on
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A well written and entertaining book about Bauhaus and its people. I have appreciated furniture and the utilitarian items associated with Bauhaus but knew nothing about its artists. A couple of the artists are among my favorites. For me it is a great starting point to learn more about this design school.
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