New Bauhaus/Institute of Design (ID)


The New Bauhaus was founded in Chicago in 1937 by the renowned professor, photographer and artist, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. The New Bauhaus stems from the German Bauhaus, a pioneering school of art and design that operated from 1919-1933. The theories and teachings of the Bauhaus, which emphasized a synthesis of numerous artistic disciplines, was most influential in championing Modernist Twentieth Century design, fine art and architecture. After Adolph Hitler closed the German school in 1933, many of the Bauhaus teachers, namely through the efforts of Moholy-Nagy, emmigrated to America to establish and work with the New Bauhaus in Chicago. Industrialist Walter Paepke, chairman of the Container Corporation of America, was an early financial backer of the school, which was originally located in the old Marshall Field Mansion on Chicago’s Prarie Avenue. In 1944, the school was retitled the Instiute of Design (ID) and today resides on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. (IIT) The school became the first institution in the United States to offer a PhD in design. Much of Moholy-Nagy’s curriculum and ideas were outlined in his extensive 1947 book, “Vision in Motion”. Many important prefessors and designers have taught or studied at the New Bauhaus/ID. These include such artists as Serge Chermayeff, Ivan Cherymayeff, Alexander Archipenko, Buckminster Fuller, Gyorgy Kepes, Richard Koppe, Nathan Lerner, Harry Callahan, Robert Bruce Tague, John Cage and Werner Drewes, among others. Much of the influence on today’s American Modern art, design and architecture may be attributed to the teachings of the Chicago New Bauhaus

  • Altschuler 3354

    Franz Altschuler
    American, 1923 - 2009
    Design for an Automobile, 1943
    Graphite on paper
    5 x 8 inches

    Signed and dated Franz '47 lower right.

    #3354
  • Barazani 6916 new

    Morris Barazani
    American, 1924 - 2015
    The Winds, 1962
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 31 inches

    Signed Barazani lower right; titled and dated on reverse.

    #6916
  • Cada 3379

    Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I, Plate 2, Problem 3, 1947
    Casein and ink on paper
    7 x 10 1/2 inches
    #3379
  • 3399 cada 3399

    Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals, ca. 1947
    Graphite and conte crayon on paper
    6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
    #3399
  • Cada 3397

    Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals, ca. 1947
    Graphite and conte crayon on paper
    6 x 6 inches
    #3397
  • Chermayeff 6636

    Serge Chermayeff
    American, 1900 - 1996
    Dawn to Dusk, Cape Cod, 1946
    Oil on gesso on panel, in artist's original frame
    24 x 36 1/4 inches

    Signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #6636
  • Dana 8534 web

    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Red Drawing, 1941
    Gouache, ink, and collage on board
    16 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 8-41 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #8534
  • Dana 8515

    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Green Forms, 1938
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 24 inches

    Titled on label on reverse.

    #8515
  • Dana 8517 ur

    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Red and Gray (Octagon Three), 1943
    Oil on board
    31 1/2 x 24 inches

    Signed with initials and dated ED 4-43 lower right; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #8517
  • Dana 8533

    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Octagon Two, 1943
    Gouache on paper
    25 x 16 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 3-15-43 lower right.

    #8533
  • Dana 8525

    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Untitled (Abstraction), 1939/1941
    Ink on paper mounted on board
    18 x 18 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 8-39 3-41 lower left.

    #8525
  • Dana 8531 ur

    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Drawing Blue and Black, 1941
    Gouache, ink and collage on paper
    21 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches
    #8531
  • Dana 8528

    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Drawing, 1939
    Graphite and collage on artist board
    24 x 18 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 1939 lower right; titled on reverse.

    #8528
  • Drewes 8808

    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on canvas
    9 x 12 inches
    #8808
  • 4098 drewes 4098

    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Flower Pots and Pineapple, 1945
    Oil on canvas
    8 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

    Signed Drewes lower left; dated lower right; titled, numbered, dated and inscribed with artist’s monogram on reverse.

    #4098
  • Drewes 8803

    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Orchids)
    Oil on paper
    8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches
    #8803
  • Drewes 8802

    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Dress Maker, 1953
    Oil on paper
    9 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches

    Signed Drewes and dated 1953 lower right.

    #8802
  • Drewes 8807

    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on paper
    5 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches
    #8807
  • Drewes 8804

    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on paper
    8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
    #8804
  • Drewes 8806

    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    5 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches
    #8806
  • Drewes 8805

    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Abstraction
    Oil on vellum
    7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
    #8805
  • Drewes 4109

    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    4 1/2 x 6 inches
    #4109
  • Field 6924

    Lois Field
    American, b. 1923
    Untitled, 1947
    Gouache and graphite on board
    11 3/4 x 9 inches

    Signed and dated Lois Field ‘47 lower left.

    #6924
  • Field 3342

    Lois Field
    American, b. 1923
    Abstraction (No. 6) , 1948
    Ink on paper
    3 x 4 inches

    Signed with initials and dated L.F. ‘48 lower right; signed and dated on reverse.

    #3342
  • Hall 7322

    Lillian Hall
    American, 1905 - 2000
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1940s
    Watercolor and collage on paper
    19 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches

    Signed Lillian Hall lower right.

    #7322
  • Kepes 6878

    Juliet Kepes
    American, 1919 - 1999
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1940s
    Watercolor on paper
    7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

    Artist’s typed label affixed lower right.

    #6878
  • Kepes 6877

    Juliet Kepes
    American, 1919 - 1999
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1940s
    Watercolor on paper
    7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
    #6877
  • Kepes 7456

    Gyorgy Kepes
    American, 1906 - 2001
    Untitled, 1942
    Gouache on paper
    17 x 13 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Kepes 1942 lower right.

    #7456
  • Koppe 7440

    Richard Koppe
    American, 1916 - 1973
    Untitled (Seated Figures), 1945
    Gouache on paper
    14 x 11 inches

    Signed and dated Koppe '45 lower right.

    #7440
  • Koppe 7439

    Richard Koppe
    American, 1916 - 1973
    Untitled (Geometric Forms), 1945
    Gouache on paper
    14 x 11 inches

    Signed and dated Koppe '45 lower right.

    #7439
  • Koppe 4082

    Richard Koppe
    American, 1916 - 1973
    Drawing #68, ca. 1948
    Ink on paper
    19 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches

    Signed Koppe center right; numbered 68 on reverse.

    #4082
  • Koppe 4083

    Richard Koppe
    American, 1916 - 1973
    Drawing #123, 1948
    Ink on paper
    19 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Koppe '48 lower right; numbered 123 on reverse.

    #4083
  • 6035 koppe 6035

    Richard Koppe
    American, 1916 - 1973
    Drawing #171, ca. 1951
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    25 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches

    Numbered 171 on reverse.

    #6035
  • 4472 koppe 4472

    Richard Koppe
    American, 1916 - 1973
    Drawing #213, 1951
    Wax crayon and ink on paper
    19 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Koppe ‘51 lower right; numbered 213 on reverse.

    #4472
  • Preusser 3456

    Robert O. Preusser
    American, 1919 - 1992
    Sand Relief, 1968
    Oil and sand on canvas
    36 x 36 inches

    Signed Preusser, titled and dated on reverse.

    #3456
  • 2119 wolf 2119

    Robert J. Wolff
    American, 1905 - 1977
    Untitled (Abstraction), 1951
    Oil on canvas
    28 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated on reverse.

    #2119

The New Bauhaus was founded in Chicago in 1937 by the renowned professor, photographer and artist, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. The New Bauhaus stems from the German Bauhaus, a pioneering school of art and design that operated from 1919-1933. The theories and teachings of the Bauhaus, which emphasized a synthesis of numerous artistic disciplines, was most influential in championing Modernist Twentieth Century design, fine art and architecture. After Adolph Hitler closed the German school in 1933, many of the Bauhaus teachers, namely through the efforts of Moholy-Nagy, emmigrated to America to establish and work with the New Bauhaus in Chicago. Industrialist Walter Paepke, chairman of the Container Corporation of America, was an early financial backer of the school, which was originally located in the old Marshall Field Mansion on Chicago’s Prarie Avenue. In 1944, the school was retitled the Instiute of Design (ID) and today resides on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. (IIT) The school became the first institution in the United States to offer a PhD in design. Much of Moholy-Nagy’s curriculum and ideas were outlined in his extensive 1947 book, “Vision in Motion”. Many important prefessors and designers have taught or studied at the New Bauhaus/ID. These include such artists as Serge Chermayeff, Ivan Cherymayeff, Alexander Archipenko, Buckminster Fuller, Gyorgy Kepes, Richard Koppe, Nathan Lerner, Harry Callahan, Robert Bruce Tague, John Cage and Werner Drewes, among others. Much of the influence on today’s American Modern art, design and architecture may be attributed to the teachings of the Chicago New Bauhaus

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