Werner Siedhoff, Naftali Rubinstein, and Albert Menzel
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© Estate of T. Lux Feininger

T. Lux Feininger
American, about 1928-29
Gelatin silver print
3 1/4 x 4 7/16 in.

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In 1926 Feininger became the youngest student to enroll at the Bauhaus (the architecture and design school founded by Walter Gropius in 1919). His father, the Expressionist painter Lyonel Feininger, was a teacher there. The style promoted by the Bauhaus--spare, geometric, and functional design--was one of the most influential in the 1920s and 1930s. A self-taught photographer, Feininger carried his nine-by-twelve-inch box camera wherever he went and recorded everyday life at the school. The framing of his photographs reflects the influence of Modernism and vividly transmits the creativity, spontaneity, and enthusiasm of life at the Bauhaus.