New Bauhaus / Institute of Design


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
  • Cada 3373
    Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I: Plate 1, Problem 3, 1947
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
    #3373
  • 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
  • Cada 3381
    Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I, Plate 2, Problem 3, 1947
    Casein and ink on paper
    4 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches
    #3381
  • Dana 9487
    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Inward, 1982
    Acrylic on canvas, in artist's original painted frame
    34 x 28 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana, August '82 lower right; titled on label on reverse.

    #9487
  • Dana 9489
    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Firmament, 1983
    Acrylic on Masonite
    39 x 46 1/2 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated lower left; titled on label on reverse.

    #9489
  • Dana 8554
    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Cote d’Azur, 1982
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist's original painted frame
    41 x 37 inches

    Signed, dated Eugene Dana 5-82, June '82 lower right; titled on label on reverse.

    #8554
  • Dana 8537
    Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Planar, 1949
    Watercolor and ink on paper, in original frame
    11 3/4 x 9 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 3-9-49, lower right.

    #8537
  • 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 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 15253
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Jeweled Radiance, 1974
    Oil on canvas
    28 x 46 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; dated lower right; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #15253
  • Drewes 15328
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    The Lake, 1962
    Oil on canvas board
    8 x 10 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower right; titled, numbered and dated on reverse.

    #15328
  • Drewes 8808
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on canvas board
    9 x 12 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #8808
  • Drewes 15354
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    6 x 7 1/2 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15354
  • Drewes 8804
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on paper
    8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #8804
  • 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 15353
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Irises), ca. 1955
    Oil on vellum
    8 x 6 1/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15353
  • Drewes 8806
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    5 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #8806
  • Drewes 14736
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction), 1939
    Oil on canvas
    3 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches

    Signed and dated with artist’s monogram lower right;
    Signed and dated with artist’s monogram on reverse

    #14736
  • Drewes 4109
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #4109
  • Drewes 14738
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Impact, 1977
    Oil on paper
    4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

    Signed Drewes, lower left; inscribed and dated with artist’s monogram, lower right

    #14738
  • Drewes 14737
    Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Peace for the World, 1980
    Oil on canvas board
    5 x 5 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated with artist’s monogram,
    lower right

    #14737
  • Erickson e106
    Robert D. Erickson
    American, 1917 - 1991
    Electric Light Socket, 1944
    Oil on canvas
    16 x 18 inches

    Signed and dated on stretcher

    #6016
  • Erickson 837
    Robert D. Erickson
    American, 1917 - 1991
    Femme Nue, ca. 1938
    Watercolor on paper
    7 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches
    #15450
  • 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
  • Geppert 14437
    Robert Geppert
    American, 1925 - 2018
    La liberté, 1950
    Ink on paper
    35 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches

    Titled and dated lower right; signed on label on reverse.

    #14437
  • Hall 7322
    Lillian Hall
    American, 1905 - 2000
    Composition No. II, ca. 1940s
    Gouache, watercolor and collage on paper
    19 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches

    Signed Lillian Hall, lower right; titled on reverse.

    #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 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
  • Koppe 4087
    Richard Koppe
    American, 1916 - 1973
    Drawing #099, 1949
    Ink on paper
    19 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Koppe ‘49 upper right; numbered 099 on reverse.

    #4087
  • Kozman 14289
    Myron Kozman
    American, 1916 - 2002
    Abstraction #301, 1940
    Serigraph on paper
    20 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches

    Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil, lower left.

    #11489
  • 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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