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Homage to the square: early fusion



Josef Albers

Germany, United States of America

19 Mar 1888 – 25 Mar 1976

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on hardboard
    121.5 x 121.5 cm board; 123.5 x 123.5 x 3.2 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., scratched into paint "A 66" and u.l. verso board, black fibre-tipped pen "...Albers' 1966".

    W.H. Nolan and J.B. Pye Bequest Funds 1967
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Josef Albers//Bild-Kunst. Copyright Agency

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    Josef Albers

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  • About

    Josef Albers was a student and later a professor at the Bauhaus art school in Germany before it was closed in 1933 under pressure from the Nazi regime. Albers emigrated to the United States in 1933, where he became an influential writer, painter and colour theorist while teaching at Black Mountain College and later at Yale University. He commenced his celebrated 'Homage to the square' series in 1950, using a strict configuration of quadrilateral shapes to investigate perception and the optical effects of colour. Albers would paint more than 2000 iterations of the composition over the next 25 years, continuing until his death in 1976.
    'Homage to the square: early fusion' was acquired from the 1967 touring exhibition 'Two decades of American painting', along with Morris Louis’s 1958 work 'Ayin'. This influential exhibition was presented at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in association with the International Program of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

  • Provenance

    Sidney Janis Gallery, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by the AGNSW from Sidney Janis Gallery 1967. Purchased through the Museum of Modern Art, New York.