“We construct and construct and yet intuition still has its uses, without it we can do a lot, but not everything, one may work a long time, do different things, many things, important things, but not everything. When intuition is joined to exact research it speeds the progress of exact research, exactitude, winged by intuition, is temporarily superior. But exact research being exact research, it can get along, if tempo is disregarded, without intuition, it can get along as a matter of principle without intuition, it can remain logical, it can construct itself, it can boldly bridge the distance from one thing to another, it can preserve an ordered attitude in chaos.
Art, too, has been given sufficient room for exact investigation, and for some time the gates leading to it have been open. What had already been done for music by the end of the eighteenth century has at last been begun for the pictorial arts. Mathematics and physics furnished the means in the form of rules to be followed and to be broken. In the beginning it is wholesome to be concerned with the functions and to disregard the finished form. Studies in algebra, in geometry, in mechanics characterize teaching directed toward the essential and the functional, in contrast to the apparent. One learns to look behind the façade, to grasp the root of things. One learns to recognize the undercurrents, the antecedents of the visible. One learns to dig down, to uncover, to find the cause, to analyze.”
Excerpt from “Bauhaus 1919-1928” edited by Herbert Bayer, Walter Gropius, Ise Gropius, The Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1938