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.

Otto Bartning

1918 Chairman of the Arbeitsrat für Kunst Teaching Committee

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

Bauhaus-Archive Berlin.

Irene Bayer

1924–1928 photographer

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 / © unknown.

Ise Gropius

1923–1928 initiator of the “Friends of the Bauhaus” and editor

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 2016.

Florence Henri

1927 guest student

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.

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017.

Ernst Kállai

1928–1929 editor of the magazine “bauhaus”

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.

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

Heinrich König

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.

Lucia Moholy

1923–1928 photographer

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 2016.

Ernst Neufert

1922–1925 construction manager for Walter Gropius

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.

Bauhaus-Archive Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016.

Richard Paulick

1928–1930 office manager for Walter Gropius

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.

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation / © Private archiv Gabriele Paulick.