Free Artistic Work
"...His [Itten's] first words were about rhythm. One must first educate one's hand, first make the fingers supple. We do finger exercises just like a pianist does. In these beginnings we already sense through what it is that rhythm occurs; an endless circular movement begun with the fingertips, the movement floods through the wrist, elbow and shoulder to the heart; one must feel this with every mark, every line; no more drawing that is not experienced, no half-understood rhythm. Drawing is not the reproduction of what is seen, but making whatever one senses through external stimulus (naturally internal, too) flow through one's entire body; then it re-emerges as something entirely personal, as some kind of artistic creation, more simple, as pulsating life "
Head of Madonna
Analysis of the Old Masters
Preliminary course under Johannes Itten
Bauhaus Weimar, 1919
The artist also wrote down the course
'Analysis of the Old Masters' given by Itten.
Manuscript (in German) at the Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin.
Published in "Das Frühe Bauhaus und Johannes Itten",
Gerd Hatje, 1994