Schlemmer, Oskar (1888–1943) By Funkenstein, Susan
Oskar Schlemmer was a painter, sculptor, choreographer, stage designer, and theorist most recognized as a master at the Bauhaus, where he taught from 1921 to 1929. There, he served as Master of Form in the workshops for mural painting, stone sculpture, wood carving, and theatre, and taught life drawing. An active mentor of Bauhaus students, he served as faculty advisor for the Bauhaus festivals. As a choreographer, Schlemmer is known for works such as the Triadic Ballet and the Bauhaus Dances, choreographies that maximized the geometric and axial qualities of the stage and human movement while also deploying costumes that abstracted the human body.