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Josef Albers

BIOGRAPHY

Josef Albers, New Haven, 1967, Photo © Sedat Pakay 1967

 

Josef Albers (1888 – 1976) is known first and foremost for his famous series Homage to the Square, that he began in the 1950s and continued to work on for over two decades, establishing him as one of the leading protagonists of modern art. Albers’ Homage not only show a clear perspective in their composition but also an extraordinary harmony of colour. Though committing to a particularly restricted palette, Albers played around with numerous colour tones and combinations to achieve different effects.

 

His professorship at the legendary Bauhaus School in Dessau and Berlin (1923 – 1933) was of fundamental significance until – due to continual harassment from the Nazi party – he was forced to emigrate to the United States. There, he first taught at the recently-founded Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1933 – 1949) before being offered a professor’s chair at Yale University, Connecticut (1950 – 1959). In the following years, Albers continued to deliver lecture series at various American universities. In 1963, his legendary book, Interaction of Colour, was published.

 

 
 
 
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