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A peek into Pierrot's Salon? A vintage seriolithograph by Bauhaus genius Paul Knothe with wildly decorated doorway, arched ceiling, & alcove--in a brilliant array of colors: mustardy tangerine orange, deep Aegean blue, tans, browns, purple, and greens all serve to exaggerate the stylized floral, arboreal, and geometric shapes, with birds of paradise, cherubs...every glance reveals more!

The wildly imaginative designs in this authentic vintage print (Plate 28) are incredibly rich and vibrant, most likely an example of wallpaper designs or interior decoration options from the Dessau Bauhaus school’s interior design department, one of the school's primary disciplines.

I'm calling this a serio-lithograph print--a litho with some seriograph color added--to account for the blocks of color which lack an obvious dot pattern.

A variety of experiences and inspirations—his family art business, Klee and Kandinsky's fundamental theory of design, combined with his own design practice and theoretical musings—enabled the young Knothe (1897-1988) to conceptualize "the artist as artist space” and to unconsciously anticipate Bauhaus ideas, which were reflected in his work.

Knothe joined the Dessau Bauhaus in 1919 and further developed his distinctive modern style. Early works were signed as “Paul Ka”, and later “Paul Kaan”. Forbidden to paint in 1933, most of his paintings were confiscated and destroyed by the Nazis. He later produced more abstract watercolors and drawings.

This print measures about 15.75 inches high [40cm] and 11 5/8 inches wide [29.5cm], with an image size of 11 3/8 inches [27.8cm] by 10.5 inches [26.5cm]. “Paul Knothe” is printed in lower left corner and “Akt.-Ges. Für Kunstdruck, Niedersedlitz-Dresden” in the lower right corner. Exact date unknown; most likely 1920s.

In excellent vintage condition – no tears, creases, holes, etc. Just some minor toning & a few scuffs in the margins, and a spot or 2 of slight edgewear.

Several Paul Knothe prints are available; for more art deco lithograph and pochoir prints and posters, see my Vintage Prints & Posters section: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SusabellaBrownstein?section_id=6236031

1920s Bauhaus Architectural Interior Design Print by Paul Knothe No. 28


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  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: serio lithograph, Paul Knothe design, vintage wallpaper designs, architectural details, Bauhaus art, Aegean blue, deep mustard yellow, chocolate brown, watermelon pinks
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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