He was born on May 18th and is mainly known as the founder of the Bauhaus, for building its iconic campus in Dessau, and for bringing or I better say try to bring its methods to Harvard. Yet, with all of this fame, his first marriage has rarely been mentioned recently and in conjunction with the celebration of Bauhaus100. Before she was married to Walter Gropius (1883-1969) in 1915, Alma Mahler was the widow of Gustav Mahler. After divorcing Gropius, she entered a long relationship with Oscar Kokoschka, and finally married one of my favorite authors, Franz Werfel. Her daughter with Gropius, Manon (b. 1916) died at 18 of polio. Above: Gropius House, Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1938.
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