Seiltänzer [Tightrope Walker]
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Seiltänzer [Tightrope Walker] 1923
The theme of balance was an important one in Klee’s art, and it was a subject which he also emphasised to his students during his time as a teacher at the Bauhaus from 1921-31. Several of his works feature a tightrope walker, and in a lecture of 1921 Klee stated; ‘The tightrope walker with his pole (is a) “symbol of the balance of forces.” He holds the forces of gravity in balance (weight and counterweight). He is a pair of scales.’ The tightrope walker in this print is balanced on a structure of horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines which looks precarious but perfectly balanced.

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Bauhaus

An influential German school of art and design founded in Dessau in 1919 under the architect Walter Gropius. It was based on workshop training rather than academic studios, and is celebrated for its functional design. The school moved to Dessau in 1926, housed in a famous building designed by Gropius. It later moved to Berlin before closing in 1933 due to pressure from the Nazis.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Bauhaus, Print

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  • Acc. No. GMA 762
  • Medium Colour lithograph on paper
  • Size 44.00 x 26.80 cm (paper 52.20 x 38.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1960