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Herbert Bayer

Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
1959, printed circa 1970

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

11 in x 14 in (28 cm x 35.5 cm);18 1/8 in x 22 1/8 in (46.04 cm x 56.2 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Kenyon

Subject matter
Herbert Bayer began working with photomontage as early as 1929. To create these works, he cut up photographs, reassembled them, and pasted them on top of each other. He then photographed the preliminary artwork to create the final product. This image was created much later than the majority of his photomontages, which were made in Berlin from 1928-1936.

Physical Description
Photomontage of a forest of birch trees with eyes collaged onto the trees; many of them nearly indistinguishable from the bark. Near the right side of the image, another set of eyes with square cut-out edges is visible, seemingly peering through the trees.

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eyes (motifs)
forests (plant communities)
modern and contemporary art

4 Related Resources

All Artists in the Degenerate Art Show
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
F20 GERMAN 231-003 (Gell): Identity
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
GERMAN 221/231: Identität
(Part of: Kunst und Identität in deutschsprachigen Ländern)

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