four squares on top of each other, in shades of yellow

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GB 1, 1969

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Josef Albers taught modernist art theory at Germany's Bauhaus until the Nazis forced its closure in 1933. He then left for America, where he continued his teaching and investigations into the interaction of colors. Around 1950, he began his "Homage to the Square" series, which preoccupied him for the rest of life. In more than one thousand paintings, prints, drawings, and tapestries, he studied the effects that adjacent colors have on one another and the illusions of space such juxtapositions could produce. All the compositions feature squares, which appear to be stacked or nested, as seen in this screenprint. Though he had scientific goals for his work, its great popularity was due to its kinship with the hard-edged abstraction and op-art that followed in Albers's wake.

Details
Title
GB 1
Artist Life
American (born Germany), 1888–1976
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.35.727
Provenance
Harry Drake, St. Paul; Estate of Harry Drake, St. Paul; bequethed to MIA, 2013
Catalogue Raisonne
Danilowitz 187
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four squares on top of each other, in shades of yellow

© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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