Schlemmer’s works, which were informed by his belief that the human form possessed an irreducibly truthful form, emanate an enchanting sense of mystical acuity. Throughout his career, Schlemmer created a dazzling array of works in various media, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and murals but also stage sets and costumes. The human form always remained at the heart of all his artistic efforts. In Drei Blonde schräg, the artist did not aim to construct a narrative or allegorical composition. Instead, he chose to follow his belief in the dramatic impact of the simple actions of the human body in movement: standing, turning, coming and going.
The present work is a rare example of Schlemmer’s artistic output at the height of his career. While most of the pioneering artists who taught at the Bauhaus championed geometric abstraction as the best way to express artistic vision, Oskar Schlemmer was unique among them for pursuing a unique proto-classical ideal that advocated the form of the human figure to be the irreducible truth in, what was for him, an otherwise volatile and mysterious universe. Drei Blonde schräg reflects the simplified, highly geometric figuration that Schlemmer developed during his Bauhaus years and embodies the artist’s aim at synthesising his fascination with space and architecture, but also the human body, movement and dance.
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