Bauhaus Paperback – 30 Jun 2006
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About the Author
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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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.
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!
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.