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Herbert Bayer Art

Austrian, American, 1900-1985

The Austrian-born Herbert Bayer is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential graphic artists of his time, but his extensive achievements span a spectrum of disciplines. The artistic polymath made his mark as a photographer and master of photomontage, a typography creator, magazine art director, advertising guru, architect and more.

As a student in the early 1920s at the Bauhaus — the revolutionary German art and design school in Weimar that sought to integrate art and design into daily life — Bayer studied under Russian-born Wassily Kandisnsky, who became his mentor, and was greatly influenced by Kandinsky’s book Concerning the Spiritual in Art, heartily embracing its premise that the arts can and should serve society.

Bayer left the Bauhaus in 1923 to tour Italy with a friend, then rejoined two years later, hired to teach advertising, design and typography at the school’s new home, in Dessau. There, he designed catalogues, featuring photography and machine-based printing, that promoted Bauhaus-made “goods for the home,” including handmade furniture, wallpaper and housewares. And he created a new “universal” alphabet: a streamlined sans serif restricted to lower-case letters that became the Bauhaus’s signature font.

Bayer quit teaching at the Bauhaus along with founder Walter Gropius and fellow teachers Marcel Breuer and László Maholy-Nagy when the school’s finances grew strained. He became the art director of German Vogue, moving on, when the magazine closed during the Depression, to the ad agency Dorland International, where he created the advertisements for clothing, textiles, toothpaste and nose drops on view. He also did magazine covers and outdoor billboards and masterminded the design of several important international exhibitions, including the German section of the 1930 Exposition de la Société des artistes décorateurs in Paris.

By 1938, Bayer had become dismayed by the political situation in Germany, and at the invitation of Gropius — who was then chair of the architecture department at Harvard, having fled the Nazi regime in 1934 — he left for the United States. Gropius had been asked to curate an exhibition on the Bauhaus for the Museum of Modern Art, but he didn’t have time and so asked Bayer to help. Bayer ultimately did it all, including gathering material in Germany, creating the exhibition plan and overseeing the catalogue. The show traveled throughout the U.S., and Bayer’s stateside career took off.

In the early 1940s, Bayer served as chief art director at Wanamaker’s and worked in advertising and package design at J. Walter Thompson. In 1945, he began a long stint working full-time at the Container Corporation of America (CCA). He created CCA’s long-running series “Great Ideas of Western Man,” which aimed to enlighten the public through inspiring quotes. Additionally, Bayer designed sculptures, wall murals, furniture, earth art and buildings for the Aspen Institute between 1946 and 1975.

Bayer’s work demonstrates how one man, and one school, changed the evolution of contemporary graphics in America over a 40-year period.

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Artist: Herbert Bayer
Four Scales, Bauhaus Silkscreen by Herbert Bayer
By Herbert Bayer
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Herbert Bayer, Austrian (1900 - 1985) Title: Four Scales Year: 1968 Medium: Screenprint, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 28/70 Size: 35 x 35 inches Sheet: 37 x 36 inch...
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1960s Bauhaus Herbert Bayer Art

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Birthday Picture I
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
BAYER, Herbert Birthday Picture I, 1970 Screenprint, edition of 75 30 x 30 in
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1970s Abstract Geometric Herbert Bayer Art

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Tanger 4
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint, edition of 50 32 x 32 inches
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1970s Abstract Herbert Bayer Art

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Birthday Picture II
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Print by Herbert Bayer.
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1970s Abstract Geometric Herbert Bayer Art

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Birthday Picture I
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
A print by Herbert Bayer.
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1970s Abstract Geometric Herbert Bayer Art

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Triangulated Squares, Bauhaus Silkscreen by Herbert Bayer
By Herbert Bayer
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Herbert Bayer, Austrian (1900 - 1985) Title: Triangulated Squares Year: 1969 Medium: Screenprint, signed in pencil Size: 32 in. x 33 in. (81.28 cm x 83.82 cm) Printed at Kel...
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1960s Bauhaus Herbert Bayer Art

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Complementary with Gold
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Print by Herbert Bayer
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1970s Abstract Geometric Herbert Bayer Art

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Disc with Blue Center
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Print by Herbert Bayer.
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1960s Abstract Geometric Herbert Bayer Art

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Chromatic Intersection
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Print by Herbert Bayer.
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1970s Abstract Geometric Herbert Bayer Art

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Red Transparency
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
The background is dominated by strong blue in which Bayer arranged black squares. On top of the squares is a red, transparent circle, from which he derived the name of the print. A p...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Herbert Bayer Art

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Weightless Blue
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint Edition of 50
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Four Scales Multiple of Four
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Print by Herbert Bayer.
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Standing Curve
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Print by Herbert Bayer.
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Curve from Two Progressions
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Print by Herbert Bayer.
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1970s Abstract Geometric Herbert Bayer Art

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Two Progressions
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
Print by Herbert Bayer.
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Afterglow
By Herbert Bayer
Located in New York, NY
The title Afterglow as well as the colors implied depict a sunset. It is in warm colors, mastered by strong red. The black contour in the foreground, looking like a cutout, gives the...
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1970s Abstract Herbert Bayer Art

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Two Owls
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Herbert Bayer art for sale on 1stDibs

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