For over half a century Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), one of the original masters of the Bauhaus, did pioneering work in all of the fine and applied arts. This is the first book to present a comprehensive survey of Bayer's enormous oeuvre; Arthur A. Cohen traces the development of Bayer's visual ideas across six decades and as many genres, proving that Bayer - more than any of his Bauhaus colleagues - produced an art that simultaneously expressed the needs of an industrial age and the impulse of the avant-garde. Bayer himself served as the art director of the hardcover edition of this elegantly produced volume. It is lavishly illustrated with 43 color and 350 black-and-white plates, many of which come from Bayer's own archive and have never before appeared in print. In accordance with Herbert Bayer's sixty-year commitment to the use of the lowercase alphabet, all 32 of his essays included here are set in miniscules. The late Arthur A. Cohen was a novelist, essayist, and theologian.