Bayer, Herbert. Original studio master page proof, 14 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches, printed recto only on coated stock in a full range of colors. Tipped at the corners to board with an over-mat. SIGNED and dated in the plate "Herbert Bayer, 39." Fine condition. Item #16540
Herbert Bayer was born in Austria in 1900. He attended the Bauhaus, first as a student, and then was appointed as an instructor of typography. He emigrated to the United States in 1939, and enjoyed a long and prosperous career. He was an accomplished architect, graphic designer, typographer, painter and photographer.
A master of the photomontage, his combined use of graphic clarity and spatial ambiguity is closely associated with the surrealists. His lifelong interest in the human body and specifically, the eye as a scientific instrument, is typified in this graphic presentation. This illustration was a commission for LIFE MAGAZINE, and appeared December, 18, 1939, in a reduced size.