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Oral history interview with Herbert Bayer, 1981 October 3

Bayer, Herbert, 1900-1985

Photographer, Painter, Designer, Architect, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 16 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 2 min.

Summary: An interview of Herbert Bayer conducted 1981 October 3, by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art.
Bayer speaks of his early family life in Austria, his first exposure to art, his education at the Bauhaus school in Weimar, the atmosphere and work of the early Bauhaus, leaving the Bauhaus and becoming the art director of the German edition of "Vogue," meeting Moholy-Nagy in New York, and working on exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Herbert Bayer (1900-1985) was a painter, sculptor, and architect from Montecito, California.


This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Language Note

English .


Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Herbert Bayer, 1981 October 3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.