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The hidden lives behind the Bauhaus movement

Though often understood as a rigid cult of technocrats, the Bauhaus movement was a romantic tag of avant-gardists whose influence persists to this day

By Keith Miller   July 2019

Fiona MacCarthy's new biography of Walter Gropius explores the many sides of the man behind the Bauhaus movement. Photo: Helen Mellor

In 1934, Walter Gropius and his second wife Ise were driven by a friend to visit Stonehenge. As they motored past a series of adverts for breweries—“You Are Now Entering the Strong Country”; “Take Courage”—the architect and founder of the Bauhaus art school, who had recently escaped Nazi Germany, grew anxious. “Why does England need all this propaganda?” asked Walter. As retold in Fiona MacCarthy’s new biography,…

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