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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gunta Stölzl, Swiss (Munich, Germany 1897 - 1983 Zurich, Switzerland)
Textile Arts
Work Type
Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Cotton, wool, and linen fibers
262.9 x 188 cm (103 1/2 x 74 in.)
Gunta Stölzl, sold; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1949.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Label Text: 32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus) , written 2014
Stölzl enrolled at the Weimar Bauhaus in 1919 and was among the first students to join the weaving workshop. She quickly emerged as one of its most outstanding talents and would later serve as its head from 1926 to 1931. This impressive wall hanging, made on a tapestry loom, exemplifies the experimental and handcrafted character of the Weimar workshop. Inspired by Johannes Itten’s and Paul Klee’s teachings on materials, form, and color, Stölzl combines a variety of natural fibers and a warm palette to create this striking composition in which an asymmetrical, almost figurative, form emerges from the textile’s natural horizontal structure. Following the school’s move to Dessau, Stölzl declared in 1926 that tapestries were a thing of the past. Her comment reflected the institution’s shift away from individual works to functional, reproducible products, such as the sturdy Eisengarn (iron yarn) fabric produced for the furniture workshop’s tubular steel chairs.

Publication History

Magdalena Droste, ed., Gunta Stölzl, Weberei am Bauhaus und aus eigener Werkstatt, exh. cat., Kupfergraben (Berlin, 1987), cat. no. 41, color illus. p. 51

Peter Nisbet and Emilie Norris, Busch-Reisinger Museum: History and Holdings, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1991), p. 80, ill.

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, ed., Gunta Stölzl : Meisterin am Bauhaus Dessau : Textilien, Textilentwürfe und freie Arbeiten 1915-1983, exh. cat., Verlag Gerd Hatje, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Ostfildern-Ruit, 1997), cat. no. 74, color illus. p. 74

Leah Dickerman and Barry Bergdoll, Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, exh. cat., ed. David Frankel, Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, 2009), cat. no. 115, p. 114, color repr.

Exhibition History

The Bauhaus Workshops: 1919-1933, American Craft Museum, New York, 06/29/1994 - 09/12/1994

Gunta Stözl, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Dessau, 08/31/1997 - 01/04/1998

Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 11/08/2009 - 01/25/2010

32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014 - 05/06/2015

The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/08/2019 - 07/28/2019

Subjects and Contexts

The Bauhaus

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