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In Search of Times Past

Accession Number
1987/1.217

Title
In Search of Times Past

Artist(s)
Herbert Bayer

Artist Nationality
Austrian

Object Creation Date
1959, printed circa 1970

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
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.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
eyes (motifs)
forests (plant communities)
modern and contemporary art
photomontages
trees
woods

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