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Gallery Text

Made in the years following Schlemmer’s departure from the Bauhaus in 1929, Small Picture VI reveals his ongoing exploration of the human form in all its functions, motions, and gestures. With its bold coloration and diagonal organization, it may reference Schlemmer’s 1927 Form Dance, in which a blue dancer performs slow and heavy movements before resting on a bench, one arm supporting his body so that it forms an obtuse angle. In the 1930s, Schlemmer had begun to use a type of smooth, translucent paper that allowed him to work the pigment in newly expressive ways. Here, he employs visible brushstrokes, his fingertips, and the handle of his brush to describe the figures against the paper’s warm-toned surface.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Oskar Schlemmer, German (Stuttgart, Germany 1888 - 1943 Baden-Baden, Germany)
Small Picture VI: Blue Man, Diagonally
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Kleinbild VI: Blauer Schräg
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil over graphite on translucent paper, mounted to board
10.6 x 23 cm (4 3/16 x 9 1/16 in.)
Dieter Keller, Stuttgart; Spencer A. Samuels, New York; Felix Landau, Los Angeles; [Galerie Brockstedt, Hamburg]; [Galerie Thomas, Munich]; [Villa Grisebach, Berlin], sold; to Timotheus Pohl, New York (1992-2015), gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2015.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Timotheus R. Pohl in honor of James Cuno on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Busch-Reisinger Museum
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Exhibition History

32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/10/2016 - 10/02/2017

Subjects and Contexts

The Bauhaus

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