Peter Behrens  (German, 1868-1940) 


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Peter Behrens Biography
1868   Born in Hamburg, Germany
1886 - 1889   Studied at Hamburg Kunstgewerbeschule [School for the Applied Arts]
1890   Worked as a painter and graphic artist in Munich, where he joined the Jugendstil movement
1893   Became a founding member of the Munich Secession
1898   Collaborated on designing the Berlin journal "Pan" and produced his first furniture designs
1899   Appointed by Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse-Darmstadt to the Mathildenhöhe artists' colony in Darmstadt. Here, Behrens designed and built his first house, his own dwelling.
1901 - 1902   Taught at the Düsseldorf Kunstgewerbeschule
1903 - 1907   Becomes the Director of the Düsseldorf Kunstgewerbeschule
1907   Founded a large architectural and design practice in Berlin. Fellow designers Walter Gropius (up to 1910), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1908-11), and Le Corbusier (1910-11) also worked there.
1926   Designed "New Ways", a private dwelling in Northampton, now considered an early example of the International Modern style