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A building complex drawn onto a photograph of a landscape

A rendering of a modern building complex has been collaged onto a black and white photograph of a hilly tree lined landscape, as if the buildings sit at the shore of a lake. Viewed from across the lake, we see four low, long rectangular buildings in a slightly irregular line, rendered in pencil, with shadows in black ink and highlighted with touches of white paint. In places, reflections on the lake are indicated with touches of white, painted directly on the photograph, serving to seamlessly blend the collage with the photo. In the distance, beyond the trees, mountains are lightly rendered in graphite.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Marcel Breuer, American (Pecs, Hungary 1902 - 1981 New York, N.Y., USA)
Walter Gropius, German (Berlin, Germany 1883 - 1969 Boston, Mass., USA)
Project for Black Mountain College, Lake Eden, North Carolina: Perspective, college seen across the valley
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

Photographic reproduction with collage, black ink, white gouache and graphite on white wove paper
actual: 32.8 x 50.9 cm (12 15/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Walter Gropius
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Bauhaus: Dessau, Chicago, New York, exh. cat., DuMont (Cologne, Germany, 2000), no. 29
  • Helen Molesworth and Ruth Erickson, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, exh. cat., Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2015), p. 102, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • Exiles and Emigres: 1933-1945, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 02/20/1997 - 05/11/1997; Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Montreal, 06/19/1997 - 09/07/1997; Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, 10/16/1997 - 01/04/1998
  • Bauhaus: Dessau-Chicago-New York, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, 08/12/2000 - 11/12/2000
  • 32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/07/2015 - 09/16/2015
  • The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/08/2019 - 07/28/2019

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Bauhaus

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