Artist: Marcel Breuer (American (born Hungary) 1902–1981)

Date: 1922

Medium: Oak, wool upholstery

Dimensions: 37 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (94.6 x 56.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble, Jr. Gift, in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, and Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Fund, 1983

Accession Number: 1983.366


This chair was conceived during Breuer’s first years at the Bauhaus, Weimar, and the remarkable design marks the first time he used a cantilevered frame. The profound influence of the Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld is seen in its articulated and highly abstract De Stijl–like sculptural composition.