Herbert Bayer, self portrait 1932

Herbert Bayer had a 60-year career that included abstract and surrealist painting, sculpture, environmental art, industrial design, architecture, graphic design, lithography, photography and tapestry. He also did murals including for the Bauhaus Building in Weimar, the Graduate Center at Harvard University and the Health Center in Aspen, Colorado. In 1968, he designed the articulated wall construction for the Olympics in Mexico City.

herbert bayer
jason tapestry 1961

"Bayer is exactly as old as the century. He was born in Austria in 1900 and became a student at the Bauhaus in Weimar when he was 21. His main interests were typography and advertising, but as there was then no workshop in these subjects at the Bauhaus, he studied mural painting under Kandinsky."

HERBERT BAYER (1900-1985)
A Hand-Tufted Wool Carpet, circa 1970
137 in. (348 cm.) square
signed in the weave Bayer and Kröner

Drawings by Herbert Bayer in the stairway of the main building of the Bauhaus Weimar. Made for the first Bauhaus Exhibition in 1923.