Exceptional Bauhaus Watercolor by Henri Pfeiffer, Signed, 1928
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Henri Pfeiffer joined the Bauhaus at the age of 17 where he became a student of Paul Klee. He created many abstract works with a renewed vision of the use and perception of colors. Very young, he studied intensively the chemistry of pigments with his uncle. In 1933 when the Bauhaus was forbidden he was arrested by the Gestapo but he succeed to be released with the help of his parents. He then abandonned painting but still got passionate with colors becoming a famous ophtalmologist specialized in the perception of colors. After moving to France, he wrote a book about the subject in the 1950s. This early genius artist, who produced an avant-garde painting work with a fascinating research on colors, is a real discovery. His history and his journey from art to science with the continuous obsession of color perception understanding is fascinating and very consistent with the ethical and philosophical Bauhaus principles which never separated art from science and industy. This watercolor is exceptional as most Pfeiffer's work is abstract. Here he combines the result of a pigment experience with a realistic scene showing a firework over the sea with black boat silhouettes painted with a stencil.technique. Monogram HP and dated (19)28. At the back a certificate signed by Pfeiffer himself "cette aquarelle signe?e HP 28 est originale de mon e?poque Bauhaus" ie 'This watercolor signed HP 28 is original and dates back to my time at the Bauhaus". Pfeiffer mentionne "ancien e?le?ve de Paul Klee" ie "Paul Klee student".
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