Created later in Bayer’s career, this vibrant print reflects his continuing commitment to Bauhaus principles. Using squares and circles to create a sense of movement, it exploits the tension between form and colour. Like ‘Birthday Picture I’ (also available as a Tate custom print), it uses opposing colours to generate a sense of energy and celebration.
Birthday Picture II
Date of work
Screenprint on paper 75 x 75 cm © DACS, 2015
Herbert Bayer was a graphic designer, painter, sculptor and architect closely associated with the Bauhaus. Born in 1900 in Linz, Austria, he moved to Weimar in Germany to study at the Bauhaus under Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and László Moholy-Nagy, later becoming director of printing and advertising at the school. After leaving to become art director of Berlin Vogue, he emigrated to America in 1938 where he designed and curated two Bauhaus exhibitions. His work became more varied during this period, including architecture projects, typographic design, large scale sculpture and creative consultancy.