Stuttgart, Franckh'sche Verlags-Handlung W. Keller & Co., Reihe Der Kosmos Haus Bücher, 1927.
Large 8vo, publisher’s yellow cloth boards printed in red with a small circular b/w illustration mounted on the first side. 118 pp. German text. One colour plate, numerous architectural plans and b/w photographs offering exterior and interior views, one folding keyboard colour chart by the firm Paul Baumann. Complete.
First edition, fourth issue.
Taut uses his own family home as a prototype for his ideal affordable family house. “An essential part of Taut’s work must be seen in his use of colour which he had reintroduced to architecture during his Expressionist period. This provided for a great amount of articulation in the visual environment of standardized living units” (H.H. Waechter, Macmillan Encyclopaedia of Architects). Taut indicates by letters on the floor plan in the text the colours to be used – these letters tie in to the fold-out lettered colour paint strip at the back.
Beautiful book published in the series “Kosmos-Haus-Bücher”, with book design (including binding) by Johannes Molzahn (1892-1965), German painter, graphic artist and art theoretician, essentially a self-taught artist. After a lengthy stay in Switzerland, he returned to Weimar in 1918 and played an active role in founding the Bauhaus. He was close to Johannes Itten, Willi Baumeister and Oskar Schlemmer and worked primarily as a commercial artist. He taught this subject at the School of Applied Arts [Kunstgewerbeschule] in Magdeburg and at the Staatliche Akademie für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe in Breslau. After being forced to resign from his post he emigrated to America and taught in the Art Department at the University of Washington, Seattle, and New York. In 1943, he became professor at the School of Design of Chicago founded by Moholy-Nagy. Between 1917 and 1920 Molzahn exhibited regularly in Herwarth Walden’s gallery Der Sturm and in Alfred Flechtheim’s Berlin gallery in 1929. He returned to Germany in 1959.
An unusually fine copy.
Price: 600,00 euros
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