Werner Jackson, self portrait, 1950s, © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Werner Jackson, self portrait, 1950s, © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Werner Jackson, self portrait, 1950s, © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Marionettes, 1940s, painted wood

Werner Jackson, Marionettes, 1940s, painted wood; Photo: (C) Hans Glave

Werner Jackson, Spielzeug / (c) Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Foto: Hans Glave

Spielzeug entworfen von dem Bauhäusler Werner Jackson (Detail)

Werner Jackson, Spielzeug (c) Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Foto: Hans Glave

Werner Jackson

The Bauhaus student Werner Isaacsohn (Jackson) studied in the wall-painting workshop in Weimar and Dessau from 1924 to 1928. Parallel to that, he worked in the areas of typography, advertising and photography. Werner Jackson took part in the social life of the art school as a member of the Bauhaus ensemble. Following his journeyman craftsman’s examination, he worked for Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy and had his own studio for photography and advertising-related graphic design in Berlin and Brno. In 1939 Jackson emigrated to England, where he found a new field of artistic activity as a marionette builder and toy designer.

The estate “The Jackson Archive” entered the Bauhaus-Archiv thanks to a gift by Greta Jackson, with the support of the Iwnicki family. It presents Werner Jackson’s multifaceted artistic oeuvre and traces the life of this Bauhäusler in numerous personal sources, such as documents, photographs and letters. The estate of Werner Jackson has been in the collection of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung since 2015.