theme of 'Work' in Art Deco style; aluminum w/ copper and bronze over wood core

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One of a pair of doors, c. 1930

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Born in Germany, Oscar Bach's precocious talent won him critical recognition by twenty years of age for his design and execution of the decorative metalwork for the Berlin City Hall. Although success in his homeland seemed assured, Bach immigrated to the United States in 1914 and quickly established a thriving business that provided decorative elements in a variety of traditional European styles for the residences of a distinguished, international clientele. His complex designs and technical virtuosity also won him commissions for decorative designs in the Modernist style for public buildings such as the Empire State and the Chrysler in New York City.

In these doors for a building as yet unidentified, Bach employed motifs of heavy industry to achieve - through highly-stylized silver-plated figures on bronze roundels set in a field of steel - a heroic tribute to the aspirations of the Machine Age.

One of a pair of doors
Artist Life
American (born Germany), 1884–1957
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theme of 'Work' in Art Deco style; aluminum w/ copper and bronze over wood core

Copyright of the artist, artist's estate, or assignees