Artwork from the JSP Estate/Private Collection

 

Artist

Max Bill

Nationality

Swiss

Artist Dates

1908-1994

Title of Work

Variation 13

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Date of Work

1938

Medium

Color lithograph

Height

12 1/2"

Width

9 3/16"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection

Status

Displayed: SMHS Art Gallery, 2nd Floor

Location

School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Artist Bio

Max Bill was an architect, painter, industrial designer, and graphic designer born in 1908 in Winterthur, Switzerland. Bill first trained as a silversmith at the Zurich School of Applied Art from 1924 to 1927 until he went on to study at the Bauhaus from 1927 to 1929. Max Bill is best known for his concrete art methods, which center on geometric abstraction, that sought to present the viewers with a visual representation of the new sciences that were emerging in the early 20th century. Max Bill has work in the permanent collections of the Modern Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and several others.

Additional Information

Max Bill created Variation 13 for the fourth issue of the Paris art magazine XXe Siècle. Bill is most well known for starting the Concrete Art Movement, his architecture and graphic design, most of which followed more modern and industrial styles.

Variation 13 was created during Bill’s ‘Variation Period’. Most of his works from this time feature a similar mix of either bright colors or black and white geometric shapes on plain backgrounds.

Created for Siecle XXe (issue No. 4) 1938.

James Smith Pierce Collection.

Work included in 'School of Paris' exhibition, 2019.

Condition

Very good

Condition Notes

Tape hinge residue on verso in four corners

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