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.
Bartning worked with Walter Gropius to formulate the basic aspects of the education programme that Gropius implemented at the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar.
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.
Gropius affectionately called his wife “Mrs Bauhaus”. Ise Gropius was an editor, a secretary and an equal partner for the Bauhaus founder.
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 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.
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.
Moholy’s photos of the Bauhaus building, the Masters’ Houses and Bauhaus products enduringly shaped the image of the art school.
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.
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.