Herbert Bayer (German, 1900-1985)
Two Owls, 1948
signed and dated 'Bayer 48' (lower right)
acrylic on board
19 x 21in (48.5 x54cm)
- Medium line should read: acrylic on masonite.
Titled 'Sweet Peas and Owls' in pen and numbered '4351' in pencil on the reverse.
In the late 1940's Herbert Bayer was the design consultant for the
development of Aspen as a ski resort. While living there he became
friendly with fellow Aspen resident actor Gary Cooper who gave him two
baby owls as house pets. The owls were soon killed by hunters but Bayer
continued to depict them in later works.