Study for Homage to the Square: High Autumn, Josef Albers
Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square: High Autumn
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Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square: High Autumn, 1957


Dimensions
56.0 x 56.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on hardboard
Inventory Number
ALH 6
Acquisition
On permanent loan from the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung since 2009
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Orange, yellow, ochre, russet. At first, the colours are distinctly separate. But if you stare at one of the four squares for a little while and then broaden your gaze again to take in the whole, the different shades seem either more intense, or weaker. The impression that meets the eye vacillates between flat surface and spatial depth. Albers investigated the adjacency of colours and their various effects in countless variations. The former Bauhaus pupil and later teacher at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, the cradle of the American post-war avant-garde, worked exclusively with pure, unmixed, industrial paints. The square remained his basic pictorial element throughout his career.

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Title
Study for Homage to the Square: High Autumn (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on hardboard
Material
Technique

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Picture Copyright
© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
On permanent loan from the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung since 2009

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06.08.2019