Close-up portrait of Willi Baumeister
This close-up portrait was taken by a German photographer associated with the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) movement, Adolf Lazi (1884-1955). It depicts well known modernist painter, illustrator and stage designer Willi Baumeister (1889-1955). The photograph was taken in 1947, at the time when Baumeister was a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. It was also the year when the first edition of his book Das Unbekannte in der Kunst (The Unknown in Art) was published and when he created his highly acclaimed, first post-war stage design for the Manuel de Falla’s ballet Liebeszauber (Love Spell) at the Württemberg Staatstheater in Stuttgart.
Photography by Adolf Lazi
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