Josef Albers

Repetition Against Blue

1943

Medium
Oil paint on fibreboard
Dimensions
Support: 404 x 789 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation 2006
Reference
T12214

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Albers was fascinated by the nature of visual perception. The interlocking shapes of Repetition Against Blue teasingly play with ideas of perspective, and the question of what is foreground and what is background cannot be satisfactorily resolved. This work also shows his growing interest in colour, which he rigorously explored during his later years in the United States. The Bauhaus school of art and design had closed after Hitler came to power, and Albers carried its utopian ideas with him to a new teaching post at Black Mountain College in North Carolina.

Gallery label, April 2012