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".
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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, Engraver, Choreographer, Teacher, Designer, Director, Muralist, Painter, Photographer, Sculptor
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