Herbert Bayer’s Chromatics: “A Pure Artistic Theory”

Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Research Paper

Degree Name



Art & Art History

First Advisor

M. E. Warlick


Herbert Bayer 1900-1985, Criticism and interpretation, Color-field painting


This paper examines the roots and properties of Herbert Bayer’s chromatic paintings completed between 1966 and 1976. This series of paintings is grounded in advanced theories of color and geometry, first introduced to Bayer as a young architecture apprentice and later developed at the Bauhaus. An investigation of Bayer’s mature reassessment of those early Bauhaus teachings in color theory and the development of his own color system is the underlying focus of this paper. The purpose of this study is to shed light on the significance of the chromatics that have received little attention to date.


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