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A Subversive Gleam: Max Bill and His Time. 1908-1939

Sale price$45.00

Max Bill (1908–1994) was a Swiss polymath bridging the worlds of art, design, and architecture. Dr. Angela Thomas, art historian and widow of the artist, retraces Max Bill’s biography, from his childhood to his training at the Bauhaus, his return to Zurich, and on until the late 1930s. She meticulously dissects Max Bill’s journey through his exchanges with his family, teachers, and peers–and their individual respective life trajectories. In a highly unconventional meander through extraordinary biographies, she thus exposes the web-like private and public constellations in which Bill evolved.

A Subversive Gleam: Max Bill and His Time. 1908-1939
A Subversive Gleam: Max Bill and His Time. 1908-1939 Sale price$45.00




Hauser & Wirth Publishers


Softcover with a dust jacket


Angela Thomas


736 pages


16.5 x 23.5 cm



Publication Date


The Artist


Max Bill was a great Swiss polymath: an artist, architect, industrial designer, graphic designer, and teacher. He attended the Bauhaus where he was taught by Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Oskar Schlemmer. Bill remained closely associated with the Bauhaus school and was a key figure in developing and propagating its principles, especially through his professorship at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich and as a founder of the Ulm School of Design. Through his pursuit of a new visual language that could be understood by the senses alone, Bill defined the conventions of Swiss design for decades to come. His influence spread even as far as South America, where he was a catalyst for the Concrete Art movement.