Wikipedia entry
Oskar Schlemmer (4 September 1888 – 13 April 1943) was a German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school. In 1923, he was hired as Master of Form at the Bauhaus theatre workshop, after working at the workshop of sculpture. His most famous work is Triadisches Ballett (Triadic Ballet), which saw costumed actors transformed into geometrical representations of the human body in what he described as a "party of form and colour".
Information from Wikipedia, made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
Getty record
Born 4 September 1888. Oskar Schlemmer worked as an apprentice in a marquetry firm in Stuttgart from 1903 to 1905. From either 1906 to 1910 or 1905 to 1909, he studied at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts and returned to the school from 1912 to 1914. He served in the Germany Army from either 1914 to 1916 or 1918. Schlemmer taught sculpture, mural painting, figure drawing, metalwork and theatre at the Bauhaus, Weimar, and the Bauhaus, Dessau, from 1920 or 1921 to 1929. In either 1919 or 1922 he choreographed the Triadischen Ballet which was shown at various theatre halls in Germany, France and Switzerland from 1922 to 1936. From 1923 to 1927 Schlemmer created stage scenery for theatre companies in Berlin and Magdeburg, Germany, and conducted set design classes at the School of Arts and Crafts in Breslau, Germany, from 1929 to 1932 or 1933. He worked at the Vereinigten Staatsschulen für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe in Berlin-Charlottenburg from 1932 to 1933. He completed wall murals for Dieter Keller's house in Stuttgart and the Martin factory in Offenburg, Germany, in 1940. German artist and designer, Bauhaus professor.
Artist, Choreographer, Teacher, Designer, Engraver, Director, Muralist, Graphic Artist, Painter, Pastelist, Pastellist, Photographer, Sculptor
Oskar Schlemmer, Oscar Schlemmer, Schlemmer
Information from Getty’s Union List of Artist Names ® (ULAN), made available under the ODC Attribution License


31 works online



  • Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented, 1918–1939. The Merrill C. Berman Collection at MoMA Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 288 pages
  • MoMA Highlights: 375 Works from The Museum of Modern Art Flexibound, 408 pages
  • MoMA Now: Highlights from The Museum of Modern Art—Ninetieth Anniversary Edition Hardcover, 424 pages
  • Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops in Modernity Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 344 pages

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].