Herbert Bayer

Knight with Flowers

1930, printed later
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"Knight with Flowers" is one of a series of three photographs. Bayer sometimes staged figures in uncommon outfits and poses to achieve a surreal or dreamlike mood. Here he posed the painter Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart in a medieval visor, during a visit to a Swiss castle owned by the art patron Madame de Mandrot. As a transitional image between Bayer's more straightforward photographs and those he made between 1930 and 1936 using photomontage and collage techniques, it shows a convergence of his strong sense of graphic design and his intellectual playfulness.
Title
Knight with Flowers
Date
1930, printed later
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
23.9 x 30.2 cm; 19 x 23 1/16 x 1 5/16 in. (framed)
Nationality
German; American
Credit line
Purchased 1985
Accession number
29158