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Bayer, Herbert (1900 - 1985)

Enrolled in the early 1920s in a new school of design called the Bauhaus, Herbert Bayer helped shape its utopian ideal that ‘modern art and architecture must be responsive to the needs and influence of the modern industrial world and that good designs must pass the test of both aesthetic standards and sound engineering’. Inspired by various disciplines, he not only produced photography but also graphic works alongside architecture and furniture design. When he settled in Berlin, in 1928, Herbert Bayer opened a successful graphic design studio and soon took interest in photomontage using the technique for personal artistic projects but also his advertising commissions, thus establishing the photographic experimentation as a major commercial visual aesthetic in the 1930s. Alarmed by Germany’s political situation, he moved to New York in 1938 and once again became a recognized designer - photography being attached to the 1920s and 1930s in his practice. Herbert Bayer saw in photomontages the answer to imagination, a form of surrealist concept that denied clear meaning and contexts to the objects while the geometric lines of the Bauhaus aesthetic built experimental still lives.

Herbert Bayer, Hands Act, 1932
Herbert Bayer, Hands Act, 1932
Herbert Bayer, Over Harbor District, 1927
Herbert Bayer, Over Harbor District, 1927
Herbert Bayer, Glass Eyes, 1928
Herbert Bayer, Glass Eyes, 1928
Herbert Bayer, In Search of Times Past, 1959
Herbert Bayer, In Search of Times Past, 1959
Herbert Bayer, Iron Winding Stair, Marseille, France, 1928
Herbert Bayer, Iron Winding Stair, Marseille, France, 1928
Herbert Bayer, Metamorphosis, 1936
Herbert Bayer, Metamorphosis, 1936
Herbert Bayer, Still Life, 1936
Herbert Bayer, Still Life, 1936
Herbert Bayer, Still Life, 1936
Herbert Bayer, Still Life, 1936
Herbert Bayer, Standing Objects, 1936
Herbert Bayer, Standing Objects, 1936
Herbert Bayer, Bauhaus's Masters, 1926
Herbert Bayer, Bauhaus's Masters, 1926
Herbert Bayer, Self-portrait, 1932
Herbert Bayer, Self-portrait, 1932
Herbert Bayer, Small Harbor, Marseille, France, 1928
Herbert Bayer, Small Harbor, Marseille, France, 1928
Herbert Bayer, Coachman, 1930
Herbert Bayer, Coachman, 1930
Herbert Bayer, The Lonely Metropolitan, 1932
Herbert Bayer, The Lonely Metropolitan, 1932
Herbert Bayer, Installation view at International Exhibition of Surrealism, Paris, 1938
Herbert Bayer, Installation view at International Exhibition of Surrealism, Paris, 1938
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