The Bauhaus entourage

Some of the best-known Bauhaus personalities were neither students nor masters, but spouses, guest students, friends or colleagues working in the Gropius building studio. They, too, were deeply influenced by the art school and set their own stamp on the Bauhaus.

Bauhaus-Archive Berlin.

Otto Bartning

Bartning worked with Walter Gropius to formulate the basic aspects of the education programme that Gropius implemented at the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar.


Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / unknown.

Irene Bayer

Bayer was the right hand of her husband, graphic designer Herbert Bayer. Her own photographs record everyday life at the Bauhaus and the good cheer that prevailed there.

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020.

Ise Gropius

Gropius affectionately called his wife “Mrs Bauhaus”. Ise Gropius was an editor, a secretary and an equal partner for the Bauhaus founder.

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020.

Florence Henri

Henri’s first contact with photography was at the Bauhaus. She entered uncharted waters when she returned to Paris and made a living from her own photo studio.

in: Weimar Dessau Berlin und die Nachfolge in Chicago seit 1937, Bramsche, S. 458.

Ernst Kállai

In 1928 the Bauhaus named the well-known art critic Ernst Kállai editor-in-chief of the “bauhaus” journal. Together with Hannes Meyer, Kállai radically changed its look and content.

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / Nachlass Dietz.

Heinrich König

As principal agent of the Bauhaus GmbH, Heinrich König controlled the economic fortunes of the Bauhaus. He sold Bauhaus products and textiles in his ‘Architekturbedarf’ (Architecture supplies) outlet.

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020.

Lucia Moholy

Moholy’s photos of the Bauhaus building, the Masters’ Houses and Bauhaus products enduringly shaped the image of the art school.

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020.

Ernst Neufert

After studying at the Bauhaus and gaining experience abroad, Neufert joined the Gropius practice. In 1936 he published his ‘Bauentwurfslehre‘ (Architects’ Data), which is still a reference work for the profession.

Privatarchiv Gabriele Paulick.

Richard Paulick

Working in the Gropius building studio with Georg Muche, Paulick designed the Metal Prototype House, a quick-to-build model home with an expandable floor plan.