Authentic 1920s Paul Knothe Bauhaus Wallpaper Textile Design SerioLithograph Print
German painter-philospher Paul Knothe’s Bauhaus inspirations--bold, rich colors, wildly imaginative fantastical designs--leap off the page of this authentic vintage seriolithograph print, a probable example of wallpaper and/or textile borders, as this was one of the Dessau Bauhaus school’s primary interior design disciplines.
Nine panels, a-i, show a bright array of yellows, pinkish ruby reds, muted purple, tans and browns, and bright blues & greens in a collection of exaggerated and stylized floral, arboreal, animal and geometric shapes. Unknown plate number.
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 Bauhaus in Dessau 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 15.25 inches high [38.5cm] and 12 inches wide [30.5cm], with an image size of 11.75 inches [29.9cm] by 7 1/8 inches [18cm]. “Paul Knothe” is printed in lower left corner and “Akt.-Ges. Für Kunstdruck, Niedersedlitz-Dresden” in the lower right corner. Date unknown.
In excellent vintage condition – no tears, creases, holes, toning etc. A slight creasing of the lower right corner and a tiny edge nick are all that keep it from the “Mint” category. The top 2cm of the print has apparently been trimmed off, removing the plate number.
Ready to frame and hang; the perfect gift for vintage wallpaper collectors, lovers of Bauhaus design, interior designers, etc.
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I’ve got several Paul Knothe prints; 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
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