Drawing, "Design for Double Woven Cloth", ca. 1926
Brush and watercolor, pen and black ink on wove paper, mounted on off-white mat board. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2011-3-1.
- Designed by Adelgunde (Gunta) Stölzl
What is this?
Rectangular sheet consisting of large square blocks of blues, purples, steel gray, and salmon, bordered on all sides by smaller blocks of color and short lines of black ink, creating a staccato rhythm.
Why is this in our collection?
This drawing is by Adelgunde “Gunta” Stölzl, the very significant and prolific German weaver who was instrumental in shifting the focus of the Bauhaus weaving workshops from pictorial works to industrial-ready designs. Her textiles are renowned for their color, their abstract and asymmetrical composition, and their incorporation of new materials. Stölzl studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich prior to entering the Bauhaus in 1919. At the Bauhaus, her courses with Paul Klee influenced her bright and lively color palette and the horizontally-aligned compositions used in her woven art of the 1920s and 30s. By 1925, she was appointed craft master of the weaving workshop, which she ran with Georg Muche;... more