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

  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I, Plate 1, Problem 3, 1947
    Gouache and watercolor on paper
    4 x 5 inches
    #18902
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I, Plate 2, Problem 3, 1947
    Casein on paper
    3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches
    #18904
  • 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
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I, Plate 1, Problem 3, 1947
    Casein on paper
    3 x 4 1/2 inches
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  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I, Plate 1, Problem 3, 1947
    Casein on paper
    2 1/4 x 3 inches
    #18898
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I, Plate 1, Problem 3, 1947
    Casein on paper
    2 1/4 x 3 inches
    #18899
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I , 1947
    Gouache, ink and conte crayon
    5 x 5 3/4 inches
    #18893
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I , 1947
    Gouache, ink and conte crayon
    5 x 5 inches

    Signed on reverse

    #18892
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I , 1947
    Ink and conte crayon
    4 1/4 x 5 inches
    #18896
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I , 1947
    Ink and conte crayon
    3 1/2 x 4 inches
    #18897
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals, ca. 1947
    Graphite and conte crayon on paper
    6 x 6 inches
    #3397
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I, Plate 1, Problem 3, 1947
    Watercolor on paper
    3 x 4 1/2 inches
    #18901
  • Joseph F. Cada
    American, 1922 - 1993
    Visual Fundamentals I, Plate 1, Problem 3, 1947
    Watercolor on paper
    5 x 6 inches
    #18903
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Princeton Totem, 1985
    Watercolor on paper
    25 1/2 x 12 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana 9/85, lower right; Inscribed lower left and titled lower center

    #19256
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Ovals, 1941
    Gouache and collage construction on artist board
    24 x 17 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 8-41, lower right; signed, titled and inscribed on reverse: Eugene Dana, August 1941, Cambridge, Mass.

    #8529
  • Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on canvas board
    9 x 12 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

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

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15354
  • 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
  • Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Irises), ca. 1955
    Oil on vellum
    8 x 6 1/4 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #15353
  • 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
  • Werner Drewes
    American, 1899 - 1985
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on vellum
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist.

    #4109
  • Elizabeth Eddy
    American, 1907 - 2002
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1958
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 36 inches

    Signed Eddy, upper left

    #16953
  • Robert D. Erickson
    American, 1917 - 1991
    Electric Light Socket, 1944
    Oil on canvas
    16 x 18 inches

    Signed and dated on stretcher

    #18891
  • Robert D. Erickson
    American, 1917 - 1991
    Femme Nue, ca. 1938
    Watercolor on paper
    7 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches
    #15450
  • 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
  • Robert Geppert
    American, 1925 - 2018
    Untitled (Abstraction, Institute of Design), ca. 1947
    Monoprint and collage on paper
    11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
    #14453
  • 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
  • Thomas H. Kapsalis
    American, b. 1925
    Broadway, 1965
    Oil on canvas
    15 x 20 inches

    Signed T. Kapsalis, lower left; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #2961
  • Richard Koppe
    American, 1916 - 1973
    Recumbent Nude, ca. 1935
    Oil on board
    7 x 15 1/2 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist

    #19896
  • 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
  • Richard J. Pavlicek
    American,, 1916 - 2016
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1936
    Graphite on paper
    3 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

    Signed Richard Pavlicek, on reverse.

    #9698
  • Richard J. Pavlicek
    American,, 1916 - 2016
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1936
    Graphite on paper
    3 x 4 inches
    #9701
  • David Segal
    American, 1921 - 2005
    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on board
    21 x 28 1/2 inches

    Signed D. Segel, lower right

    #18945

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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