Josef Albers
Homage to the Square: Study for Nocturne 1951

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Josef Albers 1888–1976
Homage to the Square: Study for Nocturne
Date 1951
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 534 x 532 mm
frame: 707 x 707 x 26 mm
Acquisition Presented by The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation 2006
Not on display

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In 1950, Albers began what would become his signature series, the Homage to the Square. Over the next 26 years, until his death in 1976, he produced hundreds of variations on the basic compositional scheme of three or four squares set inside each other. He wrote of the series: ‘They all are of different palettes, and, therefore, so to speak, of different climates. Choice of the colours used, as well as their order, is aimed at an interaction – influencing and changing each other forth and back.’

November 2015

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