Annelise Elsa Frieda Fleischmann was born on June 12, 1899 in Berlin, Germany. Her family was affluent; her mother descended from the renowned Ullstein publishing company and her father was a successful furniture manufacturer. Anni learned English from her Irish governess, and enjoyed the privilege of private tutors and cultural outings. In 1922, Anni enrolled as a student of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany. Walter Gropius, at the helm of the school, encouraged her to enroll in the weaving workshop. There, Anni met Josef Albers, artist and professor of the Preliminary Course in Material and Design. Though 11 years her senior, Anni and Josef were married in 1925. Anni continued to explore and experiment as a... more.