Google Doodle celebrates Bauhaus' Oskar Schlemmer

Google Doodle celebrates Bauhaus' Oskar Schlemmer

Oskar Schlemmer in 1928. Photo: Bauhaus

To commemorate noted German painter and sculptor Oskar Schlemmer, Google has released its doodle in the vein of the Triadisches Ballett, a ballet in the Bauhaus movement where costumed representations of humans were replaced with geometric shapes that conform to the human body.

Born in Stuttgart in 1888, during the twilight of the German empire, Schlemmer was a student of the Bauhaus school of art. His parents died just 2 years after his birth and Oskar was led to learn to provide for himself, and by 1910, he'd already begun making some of his most famed work.

During World War I, Oskar served as a fighter until he was wounded, at which point he was moved to the back as a military cartographer under Adolf Hölzel.

Following the armistice and the fall of the German empire, Oskar enlisted into Bauhaus as a teacher, and during his tenure, he crafted a majority of his masterpieces, including the Ballet in 1922.

However, in 1929, he moved to Breslau and took up a job at the Art Academy there. While there, he crafted the Bauhaustreppe. Not long after, he moved to Berlin owing to the Great Crash of 1929 and worked there till 1933, when he resigned due to growing pressure from the Nazi forces.

He crafted his final works during a factory stint during World War 2, titled 'Fensterbilder'. He died in 1943 in Baden-Baden, during the final years of Nazi Germany.