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Name Bayer, Herbert
Life Dates 1900-1985
Born: Haag am Hausruck. Austria
Died: Montecito, California
Nationality American
Geographic location(s) active: 1921 -1938 Germany
active: 1938-1975 New York City
Occupation designer
painter
architect
typographer
author
graphic designer
art director
photographer
sculptor
Notes Bayer worked variously as advertising artist, photographer, painter, sculptor, architect and landscape designer, reflecting his training at the Bauhaus from 1921 to 1925. In 1925, he took over the printing and advertising offices of the Bauhaus in Dessau, where he designed Bauhaus publications. Photography became his preferred mode of expression in the 1930s and his work from this period shows the influence of Surrealism. His photomontages typically show blended levels of reality and dreamlike images. He moved to New York in 1938 where he curated two Bauhaus exhibitions which toured internationally from 1967 to 1971. American architect and author, former member of Bauhaus.
Role Artist

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Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.1

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.1

"Tender Picture E," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1928 painting by Herbert Bayer. The horizontal rectangular image contains multiple overlapping capital "E"s in gray, blue, white and black. The letters are inside boxes of their own with rows of white clouds on a blue sky. Number: 1928/22 Signature: Herbert Bayer Date of original work: 1928 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2). Bayer often used familiar elements, including letters and clouds, and transformed them, using them to explore concepts like space, dept

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.2

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.2

"The Tree," 1965, offset lithograph, after a 1931 original oil on board painting by Herbert Bayer. The vertical rectangular image contains two opposing human figures coalescing into a large white tree that covers most of the red ground. Number: 1931/6 Signature: "herbert bayer 31" Date of original work: 1931 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.7

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.7

"Cosmorama #9," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1957 oil crayon on paper drawing by Herbert Bayer. Number: 1957/55 Signature: "bayer 1957/55" Date of original work: 1957 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.3

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.3

"Veil Mountain," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1951 oil on board painting by Herbert Bayer. The horizontal rectangular image contains a wavy pattern of concentric white lines on a green/black ground with white horizontal dashes. Number: 1951/29 Signature: "bayer 51" Date of original work: 1951 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.4

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.4

"Composite Structure," 1965, offset lithograph after an original 1951 oil on canvas painting by Herbert Bayer. The horizontal image contains overlapping geometric shapes of orange, blue, and white, some with rows of black lines inside them. Number: 1951/7 Signature: "bayer 51" Date of original work: 1951 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.5

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.5

"Winter Afternoon," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1953 oil on canvas painting by Herbert Bayer. The image contains a rectangular painting of geometric shapes on an easel set in front of a winter landscape. Bare trees, a snowy field, and a mountain can be seen around all sides of the painting within a painting. Number: 1953/34 Signature: "bayer 53" Date of original work: 1953 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.6

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.6

"Distant Solution," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1954 oil on canvas painting by Herbert Bayer. Number: 1954/68 Signature: "bayer 54/68" Date of original work: 1954 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.8

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.8

"Linear Grey with Six Blue Squares" 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1961 oil on canvas painting by Herbert Bayer. The image contains a black ground with four white bands of vertical lines of black and white. On this ground is placed six blue squares of varying size. Number: 1961/53 Signature: "bayer 1961/53" Date of original work: 1961 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.9

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.9

"Celestial Body," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1961 oil and collage on canvas by Herbert Bayer. The vertical rectangular image has a mottled black and white ground. Inside, in a rectangle of black, is the bottom portion of a black and white textured moon, reflected in the surface of a small band of blue beneath. Number: 1961/34 Signature: "bayer 1961/34" Date of original work: 1961 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.10

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.10

"Structure and Moon on Green," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1962 oil on canvas painting by Herbert Bayer. The vertical rectangular image has a green ground with a colorful "structure" made of vertical and horizontal rectangles of brown, black, white, orange, and pink. A rounded light green heart is at the top center, with a vertical blue band on either side. Number: 1962/7 Signature: "bayer 62/7" Date of original work: 1962 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.11

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.11

"The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order -- Alfred North Whitehead. From the series, Great Ideas of Western Man," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1964 acrylic on board painting by Herbert Bayer. The vertical rectangular image contains what appear to be planets or moons in varying stages of expression, full to crescent, with some setting or rising. The moons are white, blue, red, orange, yellow, and purple. The ground is black at the top, becoming lighter in narrowing bands toward the bottom. Number: 1964/1 Signature: unsigned Date of original work: 1964 From a portfolio of 14 Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by C

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.12

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.12

"Untitled," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1964 acrylic on canvas painting by Herbert Bayer. The horizontal rectangular image contains a solid gray double box set on a ground of gray with white lines radiating from it. Number: 1964/8 Signature: "bayer 1964" Date of original work: 1964 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.13

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.13

"Exfoliation," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original acrylic on canvas painting by Herbert Bayer. The horizontal rectangular image has a brown woodgrain ground from which pieces appear to be peeling (exfoliating). Coloring these peeling portions white, along with the addition of shadows being cast by them, provides a great sense of three-dimensionality to this piece. Number: 1964/38 Signature: unsigned Date of original work: 1964 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herbert Bayer. Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Image of Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.14

Art-2D Collection - 1966.2.2.14

"Red Square with Three Corners," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1964 acrylic on canvas painting by Herbert Bayer. The image contains a bright red square with three white triangles toward the top, right, and left sides. A slightly blurry red square in the center of the larger square gives it the appearance of being on top of a separate white square below it--allowing us only to see three of its corners clearly. A fourth triangle (corner) is visible at the bottom. The edge of the four corners of the center square are shaded white as well. Number: 1964/42 Signature: unsigned Date of original work: 1964 From a portfolio of 14 reproductions of paintings by Austrian artist, Herb