One of a series of screenprints Bayer produced in 1970 that explore the relationship between colour and form, this print features concentric rings of colour encircling an eye shape. The sense of dynamism and energy that is created between the circles and ellipses reflects the artist’s continuing commitment to Bauhaus design principles.
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.