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(a) Consemüller, Erich: Exercises in construction and stability by Lotte Gerson, Gustav Hasenpflug and Takehito Mizutani in Josef Albers’ preliminary course. 1927. Gelatine silver print. 16,7 x 11,4 cm.
Very rare; not registered at any auctions or dealerships.
– From the estate of Ruth Hollós and Erich Consemüller.
– This photo was published in “bauhaus” magazine issue 2/3, 1928 (p. 4), accompanied by the following explanatory text by Josef Albers: “Positive-negative folded structures made using a single sheet of paper, no cuts, height 80-90 cm. Left: right-angled folding, Lotte Gerson. Right: bending and folding techniques creating the impression of several interlocking sheets of paper, gustav hasenpflug. Front: study in wire rigidity, linear vertical spiraling alignment around empty cylindrical space, takehito mizutani.”
Stefan Kruse is quoted as saying: “There are no depictions of Albers‘ preliminary class that are more representative than Erich Consemüller‘s photos.” (Herzogenrath/Kraus, Consemüller, opposite No. 129). One thing that set Albers‘ preliminary class apart from those taught by his predecessors Itten and Moholy-Nagy was his principle of „material economy“, dictating that no material should go to waste, not even a single sheet of paper („no cuts“). – Clean, well-preserved print labelled “Foto Consemüller” on the back. Exhibited 2019/20 in the Magdeburg art museum “Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen” and featured in: “Moderne. Ikonografie. Fototografie. Bd. 1. Das Bauhaus und die Folgen”, edited by Annegret Laabs and Uwe Gellner, Leipzig 2020, Nr. 5. – Herzogenrath/Kraus, Consemüller 165. – Herzogenrath, 1979/80 Nr. 20. [Illustration on the cover] 5.800 €
(b) Unknown: Artists of the construction department on the roof with Erich Consemüller (first on the left), Rolf Sklarek (?), Hans Volger, Ernst Göhl, Hermann Bunzel, Hubert Hoffmann u. Arieh Sharon. Ca. 1927. Gelatine silver print. 10,8 x 16,6 cm.
From the estate of Ruth Hollós and Erich Consemüller. – Labelled on the back side. – Faint crease marks along the edges. – Herzogenrath/Kraus, Consemüller p. 11. – Pictured in: Wulf Herzogenrath, „Das bauhaus gibt es nicht“, Berlin 2019, p. 113. – See Marzona, Bauhausfotografie 346 (Collage). 2.800 €
(c) Consemüller, Erich: Experimental house “am Horn” with Alma Buscher and László Moholy-Nagy. 1923. Gelatine silver print. 22,2 x 17,1 cm.
It is no coincidence that the artists depicted in front of Georg Muche’s experimental house are Alma Buscher and László Moholy-Nagy, as they were both central to the house’s interior design. This photograph showing them in conversation with each other reflects the high esteem in which Moholy-Nagy, Gropius’ second-in-charge, held Buscher and her designs for the Weimar School. The children’s furniture designs which Buscher presented in the model house in 1923 caused significant uproar among the German public. Moholy-Nagy came to consider her system of flexible and interchangeable components as paradigmatic for the Bauhaus. – Stamped twice, numbered, and labelled on the back. – Faint crease marks on both left-hand corners, barely noticeable glue marks on lower right corner. – From the estate of Ruth Hollós and Erich Consemüller. – Herzogenrath/ Kraus, “Bauhausutopien”, p. 270. – Also featured in: M. Droste, “Bauhaus 1919 - 1933”, Cologne 1993, p. 106. 6.000 €
(d) Consemüller, Erich: Marcel Breuer – tea table or stool. 15 in the Bauhaus canteen (Model B9 a-c. Nickle-plated steel pipe with matte black screwed-on wooden plate). 1927. Gelatine silver print. 12,2 x 16,8 cm.
Extremely rare. – This shot was reproduced in “Breuer Metallmöbel” 1927 and in “bauhaus” magazine issue 4, p. 4 (image 16). – From the estate of Ruth Hollós and Erich Consemüller. – This clean, well-preserved print (labelled “Foto Consemüller” on the back) was exhibited 2019/20 in the Magdeburg art museum “Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen” and is featured in: “Moderne. Ikonografie. Fototografie. Bd. 1. Das Bauhaus und die Folgen”, edited by Annegret Laabs and Uwe Gellner, Leipzig 2020, Nr. 3. – Herzogenrath/Kraus, Consemüller 115. 5.800 €