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Kayla Bittle, John Hamm & Elana Brown

Beginning in the early 1900’s the Bauhaus movement helped influence several architectural and artistic designs. Utilizing color and incorporating modernism into its designs allowed the movement to create unique architectural layouts that merged art and functionality. Paintings tied to the Bauhaus movement, such as Red Balloon, show this colorful type of artwork as multicolor rectangles cover most of the canvas. In the upper middle of the painting sits a red balloon that adds contrast and a focal point for the viewer. The bright colors are not the only eye-catching aspect of the painting however as the diagonal and perpendicular lines of the rectangles add to a sense of structure and organization. Overall, the Bauhaus movement’s unique merging of modernism and architecture helped pave the way for later artists and their ideas.

Through our research, we have determined that the Bauhaus Movement incorporates modernism and color to create unique architectural designs. Our idea based off of the mood board helps entail the full scope of the Bauhaus Movement. In order to best represent our understanding of the topic, we created a more general idea which made it simpler than explaining several smaller topics. The movement is not limited solely to architectural applications but also to artistic designs. The concept of the Bauhaus movement is to unite the different creative fields and create a unified artistic structure. This artistic structure comprises the use of colors, shape, and modernism to create a stylized artwork or building. When viewing the artworks and architecture influenced through the Bauhaus Movement, a clear connection appears between the two where they both incorporate ideas from the other fields. For example, in the stairwell of the original Bauhaus Dessau structure, pops of orange color on the beams and staircase walls lead the viewer’s eye to the ceiling while also adding interest to the stairs. The black, contrasting stair railings make the orange even more prominent as the two colors add variation to the white and pastel blue walls. With any other movement the general idea will typically stay the same, however as there are more works created around the movement, one's perspective will alter based on the new works created.

As a result, the Bauhaus movement is a progressive movement as it has influenced how we view artistry. As discussed, the movement was used to create relationships between art, technology and society. Important artists such as Paul Klee, Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray, wanted to approach design in a new light. The success of these artists can be seen since different concepts, like minimalism and using form as a functionality, still exist and are being utilized. Technology and science heavily influenced this movement as the artists were trying to create a cohesive idea and make artwork more functional. This allowed for artists to think more theoretically when it comes to art as a whole. Previously stated, my team and I will focus on modernism and the use of primary colors in architecture and other arts. From exploring the different artists, structures, and artworks, we will continue to discover different ideologies that came from the movement

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