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Walter Gropius Art

German, 1883-1969

As the founder of the Bauhaus — the German art and design school that was one of the chief crucibles of modernismWalter Gropius had a central and enduring impact on the architecture and design of the 20th century and beyond. Along with fellow Bauhaus principals such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, Gropius championed a philosophy of design focused on simplicity, efficiency and the inherent beauty of steel, glass and other industrial materials.

Born in Berlin, Gropius followed in his architect father’s footsteps and after completing his studies was employed by the brilliant proto-modernist designer Peter Behrens. Gropius’s early architectural work demonstrated many of the aspects that define the modernist aesthetic: ribbon windows, an emphasis on light and minimal decoration. Gropius became known primarily as a great organizer, writer and teacher. After military service in World War I, he developed concepts of what are now called the applied arts — a marriage of creative imagination with practical skill and technology. These notions drove Gropius’s founding of the Bauhaus in 1919. The school would welcome many of the great creators of the 20th century, including Paul Klee, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers. After the independent-minded college fell afoul of the Nazi regime in the 1930s, Gropius immigrated to the United States, and finished out his years on the Harvard faculty.

Gropius produced far fewer furniture designs than his fellows on the Bauhaus faculty, but what he did make has a purity of form and spirit. As you will see from the works offered on 1stDibs, Walter Gropius never compromised his vision of design that encompassed beauty, creativity and the highest level of technical skill.

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Walter Gropius Tea Set Rosenthal Germany TAC Porcelain 1969
By Walter Gropius, Rosenthal
Located in Basel, BS
Tea set series ‚TAC’ designed by the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius for Rosenthal in Germany, introduced in 1969 and produced in 1984. Gropius was asked to to join The Architects Co...
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1960s German Bauhaus Vintage Walter Gropius Art

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Porcelain

Vintage Black Glazed Porcelain Milk Jug by Walter Gropius for Rosenthal
By Rosenthal, Walter Gropius
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Germany in 1969 by Walter Gropius for Rosenthal Studio Line. It is made in black porcelain with both a matte and glazed finish. This milk jug is a vintage piece, therefore i...
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1960s German Post-Modern Vintage Walter Gropius Art

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Porcelain

Katsura Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture
By Walter Gropius, Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Sumptuously produced treatment of the aesthetic and spiritual qualities of traditional Japanese architecture that resonated with and influenced Western modernism—think the simplicity and abstract beauty of tatami geometry combined with a holistic philosophy of indoor/outdoor living. The book itself is a cynosure of academic and graphic quality, with text by Walter Gropius and Kenzo Tange...
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Gemaltes Ornament. (Etruscan Vase Design),
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. M. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Chromolithograph. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. A fine German work by, the illustrations are of classical and neo-classical decorative designs. The acanthus leaf, Greco-Roman busts, mythical animals and ornamental relief show the preferred style of architectural ornament over the centuries and from country to country. A trick of the lithographer was to use the occasional solid ground to give better dimension to the plate. Measuring 19” x 13”, many designs include a scale to show actual size. Only two of the 72 illustrations were printed in full color, another pair in sepia tones, and six in burnt orange and black to show typical Etruscan designs. Several have toned backgrounds. It has been the fashion to apply hand coloring to black and white engravings and lithographs for centuries. The superb condition can be attributed to the individual paper guards placed between each plate. Many of the pieces illustrated are in museums; i.e. a Greek painted portrait medallion is preserved in the Classical Museum in Vienna (Plate 35) and the carved stone pedestal supports for a Roman table...
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Frieze 1
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. M. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Lithographs with Later Hand-Color. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. See images for similar works by Groupius. All images are priced individually. A fine German work, the illustrations are of classical and neo-classical decorative designs in architecture. The acanthus leaf, Greco-Roman busts, mythical animals and ornamental relief show the preferred style of architectural ornament over the centuries and from country to country. A trick of the lithographer was to use the occasional solid ground to give better dimension to the plate. Measuring 19” x 13”, many designs include a scale to show actual size. Only two of the 72 illustrations were printed in full color, another pair in sepia tones, and six in burnt orange and black to show typical Etruscan designs. Several have toned backgrounds. It has been the fashion to apply hand coloring to black and white engravings and lithographs for centuries. The superb condition can be attributed to the individual paper guards placed between each plate. Many of the pieces illustrated are in museums; i.e. a Greek painted portrait medallion is preserved in the Classical Museum...
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1870s Academic Walter Gropius Art

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Lithograph

Acanthus Leaf
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. M. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Lithographs with Later Hand-Color. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. See images for similar works by Groupius. All images are priced individually. A fine German work, the illustrations are of classical and neo-classical decorative designs in architecture. The acanthus leaf, Greco-Roman busts, mythical animals and ornamental relief show the preferred style of architectural ornament over the centuries and from country to country. A trick of the lithographer was to use the occasional solid ground to give better dimension to the plate. Measuring 19” x 13”, many designs include a scale to show actual size. Only two of the 72 illustrations were printed in full color, another pair in sepia tones, and six in burnt orange and black to show typical Etruscan designs. Several have toned backgrounds. It has been the fashion to apply hand coloring to black and white engravings and lithographs for centuries. The superb condition can be attributed to the individual paper guards placed between each plate. Many of the pieces illustrated are in museums; i.e. a Greek painted portrait medallion is preserved in the Classical Museum in Vienna (Plate 35) and the carved stone pedestal supports for a Roman table...
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1870s Academic Walter Gropius Art

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Lithograph

Column with Rosettes
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. M. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Lithographs with Later Hand-Color. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. See images for similar works by Groupius. All images are priced individually. A fine German work, the illustrations are of classical and neo-classical decorative designs in architecture. The acanthus leaf, Greco-Roman busts, mythical animals and ornamental relief show the preferred style of architectural ornament over the centuries and from country to country. A trick of the lithographer was to use the occasional solid ground to give better dimension to the plate. Measuring 19” x 13”, many designs include a scale to show actual size. Only two of the 72 illustrations were printed in full color, another pair in sepia tones, and six in burnt orange and black to show typical Etruscan designs. Several have toned backgrounds. It has been the fashion to apply hand coloring to black and white engravings and lithographs for centuries. The superb condition can be attributed to the individual paper guards placed between each plate. Many of the pieces illustrated are in museums; i.e. a Greek painted portrait medallion is preserved in the Classical Museum...
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1870s Academic Walter Gropius Art

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Lithograph

Frieze 2
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. M. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Lithographs with Later Hand-Color. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. See images for similar works by Groupius. All images are priced individually. A fine German work, the illustrations are of classical and neo-classical decorative designs in architecture. The acanthus leaf, Greco-Roman busts, mythical animals and ornamental relief show the preferred style of architectural ornament over the centuries and from country to country. A trick of the lithographer was to use the occasional solid ground to give better dimension to the plate. Measuring 19” x 13”, many designs include a scale to show actual size. Only two of the 72 illustrations were printed in full color, another pair in sepia tones, and six in burnt orange and black to show typical Etruscan designs. Several have toned backgrounds. It has been the fashion to apply hand coloring to black and white engravings and lithographs for centuries. The superb condition can be attributed to the individual paper guards placed between each plate. Many of the pieces illustrated are in museums; i.e. a Greek painted portrait medallion is preserved in the Classical Museum...
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1870s Academic Walter Gropius Art

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Lithograph

Frieze 2
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. M. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Lithographs with Later Hand-Color. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. See images for similar works by Groupius. All images are priced individually. A fine German work, the illustrations are of classical and neo-classical decorative designs in architecture. The acanthus leaf, Greco-Roman busts, mythical animals and ornamental relief show the preferred style of architectural ornament over the centuries and from country to country. A trick of the lithographer was to use the occasional solid ground to give better dimension to the plate. Measuring 19” x 13”, many designs include a scale to show actual size. Only two of the 72 illustrations were printed in full color, another pair in sepia tones, and six in burnt orange and black to show typical Etruscan designs. Several have toned backgrounds. It has been the fashion to apply hand coloring to black and white engravings and lithographs for centuries. The superb condition can be attributed to the individual paper guards placed between each plate. Many of the pieces illustrated are in museums; i.e. a Greek painted portrait medallion is preserved in the Classical Museum...
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1870s Academic Walter Gropius Art

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Lithograph

Acanthus (Architecture)
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. M. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Lithographs with Later Hand-Color. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. A fine German work, the illustrations are of cla...
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1870s Academic Walter Gropius Art

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Lithograph

Tudor Rose
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. M. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Lithographs with Later Hand-Color. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. A fine German work, the illustrations a...
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Late 19th Century Academic Walter Gropius Art

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Lithograph

Acanthus Kelch
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. W. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Lithographs with Later Hand-Color. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. A fine German work, the illustrations are of classical and neo-classical decorative designs. The acanthus leaf, Greco-Roman busts, mythical animals and ornamental relief show the preferred style of architectural ornament over the centuries and from country to country. A trick of the lithographer was to use the occasional solid ground to give better dimension to the plate. Measuring 19” x 13”, many designs include a scale to show actual size. Only two of the 72 illustrations were printed in full color, another pair in sepia tones, and six in burnt orange and black to show typical Etruscan designs. Several have toned backgrounds. It has been the fashion to apply hand coloring to black and white engravings and lithographs for centuries. The superb condition can be attributed to the individual paper guards placed between each plate. Many of the pieces illustrated are in museums; i.e. a Greek painted portrait medallion is preserved in the Classical Museum...
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Late 19th Century Academic Walter Gropius Art

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Lithograph

Gemaltes Ornament. (Etruscan Vase Design)
By Walter Gropius
Located in Florham Park, NJ
ARCHIV FUR ORNAMENTALE KUNST. M. Gropius, L. Lohde, P. Lehfeldt. Lithographs with Later Hand-Color. Berlin, 1870. 13” x 19” Unframed. A fine German work by, the illustration...
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Late 19th Century Academic Walter Gropius Art

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Engraving

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Find a wide variety of authentic Walter Gropius art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Walter Gropius in lithograph, engraving and more. Not every interior allows for large Walter Gropius art, so small editions measuring 21 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Matthäus Merian the Elder, Martin Gropius, and Kono Bairei. Walter Gropius art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $650 and tops out at $675, while the average work can sell for $650.

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