Google has created a doodle of a ballet dancer in the abstract style of Oskar Schlemmer, to honor the German designer on his 150 birth anniversary. Schlemmer was a painter and sculptor renowned for his theatre designs and choreography. His works of abstract art mostly represented human bodies as architectural forms. Along with reducing the figure to a rhythmic play between convex, concave and flat surfaces.
Oskar Schlemmer works and contribution
One of the founding professors of the Bauhaus, a school of art and design famous for architectural design. Along with the Bauhaus theatre workshop, his visionary contributions to 20th-century avant-garde art are epitomized in his dance creations and stage design.
He became known internationally with his ‘Triadic Ballett’ in Stuttgart in 1922. It is a dance with Utopian costumes, which move and dance like ambulant architecture.
The human figure is at the center of Schlemmer’s work, in a continuous dialogue with the space around it, as in ‘Egocentric SpaceLineature’. He painted the Bauhaustreppe or Bauhaus Stairway in 1932.
It was three years after he left the art school. According to The Museum of Modern Art in New York that currently exhibits the ‘oil in canvas’ painting. Schlemmer painted this work as Hitler assumed power, shortly before the Nazis closed the Bauhaus for good.
Schlemmer’s last work
Schlemmer was banned from working as an artist by the Nazi regime in 1930 because of his non- conformist style. He died of melancholia in 1943. “Fensterbilder” (1942), a series of 18 mystical paintings painted by observing people from the window of his house, is considered Schlemmer’s last work.
Wednesday’s doodle is visible in over 15 countries. They are Germany, the U.K., Austria, Spain, India, China, Australia, Argentina, and Japan among others.