Homage to the Square
Accomplished as a designer, photographer, typographerprintmaker, and poet, Albers is best remembered for his work as an abstract painter and theorist. He favored a very disciplined approach to composition, especially in the hundreds of paintings and prints that make up the series Homage to the Square. In this rigorous series, begun in 1949, Albers explored chromatic interactions with nested squares. Usually painting on Masonite, he used a palette knife with oil colors and often recorded the colors he used on the back of his works. Each painting consists of either three or four squares of solid planes of color nested within one another, in one of four different arrangements and in square formats ranging from 406×406 mm to 1.22×1.22 m.[18]


Name : Josef Albers

Born : 1888

Died : 1976

Art Style & Movement : Abstract , Color Field

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Region/Nationality : German

Artist ID : 24843


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Josef Albers (/ˈælbərz, ˈɑːl-/German: [ˈalbɐs]; March 19, 1888 – March 25, 1976)[1] was a German-born artist and educator. The first living artist to be given a solo shows at MoMa[2] and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,[3] he taught at the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College, headed Yale University‘s department of design, and is considered one of the most influential teachers of the visual arts in the twentieth century.

As an artist, Albers worked in several disciplines, including photography, typography, murals and printmaking. He is best known for his work as an abstract painter and a theorist. His book Interaction of Color was published in 1963.

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