Cathedral

Lyonel Feininger, Cathedral, Cover for the Manifesto and Programme of the Staatliche Bauhause, April 1919
Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin (6806)

Lyonel Feininger, Cathedral, Cover for the Manifesto and Programme of the Staatliche Bauhause, April 1919
Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin (6806)

Feininger’s cubist woodcut, "Cathedral", was made in 1919 for the cover of Walter Gropius’s manifesto and programme for the Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar. Here, Gropius and Feininger referred to the “miracle of the Gothic cathedral” as a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art). The name “Bauhaus” subsequently evolved as an allusion to the medieval masons’ guilds.

Literature:
Bushart, Magdalena: “It Began with a Misunderstanding. Feininger’s Cathedral and the Bauhaus Manifesto” in: Bauhaus: A Conceptual Model, publ. by the Bauhaus Archive Berlin / Museum for Design, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Weimar Classic Foundation, exhibition catalogue, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009, pg. 29ff.
Siebenbrodt, Michael (Hg.): Bauhaus Weimar. Entwürfe für die Zukunft, Ostfildern-Ruit 2000.