Belonging to Bayer’s later period, when he was living in Aspen, Colorado, this print reflects his continuing engagement with Bauhaus principles. With its concentric circles in bold colours and sense of depth, it explores the tension between colour and form. The use of bright yellow, almost white, circles and contrasting blue-purples mirrors how our eyes react to light, something the Bauhaus was particularly interested in.
Date of work
Screenprint on paper 43.2 x 43.2 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.