painter and designer. After an academic training in Berlin, Essen and
Munich, he studied at the
and was later invited by Gropius to
teach there. His 1st work included pictures in glass, furniture and
abstracts. In 1933 he went to the U.S.A. and developed a new free abstract
style (Etude in Red-Violet, 1935), later became interested in the
manipulation of colour (his series of Variantes from 1947), and
developed as the doyen of U.S. geometric abstractionists (Homage to the
Square: in secret, 1962). He was always an experimental artist, his
work being closely related to his practice as a teacher. In 1955he
became chairman of the Design Department at Yale Univ.
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