Tapestry 'between red and blue', author: Herbert von Arend, Bauhaus Dessau, 1931 / photo: Burckhard Kieselbach. © Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau.
Tapestry 'between red and blue', author: Herbert von Arend, Bauhaus Dessau, 1931 / photo: Burckhard Kieselbach. © Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau.

Herbert von Arend in 'symbol. zeitschrift für bildende kunst und lyrik' 1981 (Nr. 36) on his work 'between red and blue/zwischen rot und blau', which he made in 1931 at Bauhaus Dessau: 

'in my small tapestry 'zwischen rot und blau' (between red and blue), the development occurs between these two colour fields.

coloured and light-hued strips, which are also subdivided, extend from one colour field to the other. the light, small sections comprise various textile materials (silk, linen, cotton (different types) and cellophar, a material which was brand-new at the time). the resulting figure is framed by two knotted sections (subdivided horizontally and vertically). the borders at the top and bottom are again knotted and delicately-wrought stripes of mohair wool act as connecting components between them.

i needed no preliminary sketches for this piece; the root idea (red/blue colour fields) was my starting point. the other woven and knotted parts came into being during and as a result of the work process. unlike the knotted parts, the form, colour and structure of the textile areas (material and coherency) yield a particular kind of tension that does not spoil the harmony of the small tapestry, but instead consolidates its vitality...'.