Oskar Schlemmer -
“The Bauhaus Stairway” (1932)
Distinguishing features: This painting is a farewell. All but one of the students on an ordinary day at the Bauhaus are walking away from us, up the stairs, towards the huge windows - the Bauhaus belongs in a higher realm than this one. Only one figure comes towards us, not so much walking as dancing on tiptoes. Perhaps there is still hope.
Schlemmer painted this in the year the Bauhaus was forced to abandon its beautiful modern building in Dessau. Another image, Yamawaki’s collage The End of the Dessau Bauhaus (1932), makes no bones about what this meant: it shows a jackbooted Nazi leading a moustached politician to stomp on the Bauhaus.