Walter Gropius: Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus


Bauhaus was more than an art school – it was the birth of a new way of thinking. In this majestic biography of its charismatic founder, Fiona MacCarthy argues that Walter Gropius’s visionary ideas still influence the way we live, work, and think today. MacCarthy traces the story of this ground-breaking architect: his shattering experiences in World War I, his turbulent relationship with Alma Mahler, his concept of the Bauhaus as a gathering of talents that included Kandinsky, Klee and Moholy-Nagy, and his agonised decision to leave Nazi Germany in 1933 for a new life first in England, than in America. This modern reassessment of Gropius’ life is biography at its finest and most vivid.


* A Times and New Statesman Book of the Year *

* BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week *

Illustrated with over 130 colour photographs and drawings *

‘A masterpiece.’ Edmund de Waal

‘Commanding, intelligent, gripping.’ The Times

From 1910 to 1930 Gropius was at the very centre of European modern art and design, as the founder of the German art school, the Bauhaus. Yet Gropius’s beliefs and affiliations left him little choice but to leave Germany when Hitler came to power.

In this riveting book, Fiona MacCarthy draws on new research to re-evaluate Gropius’s work and life. From his shattering experiences in the First World War to his turbulent marriage to the notorious Alma Mahler and the tragic early death of their daughter, MacCarthy leads us through his disorientating years in London, to his final peaceful and productive life in America. This is biography at its finest and most vivid.

Additional information

Weight 0.47 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 13 × 3.5 cm






viii, 547 , 16 unnumbered of plates




720.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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