Gertrud Arndt (born Gertrud Hantschk in Upper Silicia) set out to become an architect, beginning a three-year apprenticeship in 1919 at the architecture firm of Karl Meinhardt in Erfurt, where her family lived at the time. While there, she began teaching herself photography by taking pictures of buildings in town. She also attended courses in typography, drawing, and art history at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of design). Encouraged by Meinhardt, a friend of Walter Gropius, Arndt was awarded a scholarship to continue her studies at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Enrolled from 1923 to 1927, Arndt took the Vorkurs (foundation course) from László Moholy-Nagy, who was a chief proponent of the value of experimentation with photography. After her Vorkurs, Georg Muche, leader of the weaving workshop, persuaded her to join his course, which then became the formal focus of her studies. Upon graduation, in March 1927, she married fellow Bauhaus graduate and architect Alfred Arndt. The couple moved to Probstzella in Eastern Germany, where Arndt photographed buildings for her husband’s architecture firm.

In 1929, Hannes Meyer invited Alfred Arndt to teach at the Bauhaus, where Arndt focused her energy on photography, entering her period of greatest activity, featuring portraits of friends, still-lifes, and a series of performative self-portraits, as well as At the Masters’ Houses, which shows the influence of her studies with Moholy-Nagy as well as her keen eye for architecture. After the Bauhaus closed, in 1932, the couple left Dessau and moved back to Probstzella. Three years after the end of World War II the family moved to Darmstadt; Arndt almost completely stopped making photographs.

Introduction by Mitra Abbaspour, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, 2014

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Introduction
Gertrud Arndt (née Hantschk; 20 September 1903 – 10 July 2000) was a German photographer associated with the Bauhaus movement. She is remembered for her pioneering series of self-portraits from around 1930.
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Born 20 September 1903. Arndt studied weaving and photography at the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, from 1923 to 1924, and at Dessau, Germany, from 1924 to 1927. In 1927, Arndt and her husband Alfred Arndt, an architect from the Bauhaus, moved to Probstzella, Germany, where they lived until 1932. From 1932 to 1948, Arndt lived in Darmstadt, Germany.
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German
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Female
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Artist, Designer, Weaver, Photographer, Textile Artist
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Gertrud Arndt, Gertrude Arndt, Gertrud Hantschk, Gertrud Arndt-Hantschk
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