Catalogue entry

Josef Albers 1888-1976

T00783 Study for Homage to the Square Departing in Yellow 1964

Inscribed 'A64' b.r. and on back '30 x 30"' and 'Study for | Homage to the Square: | "Departing in Yellow" | Ground: 6 coats of Liquitex (permt. pigment) | painting: paints used - from center : | pure | Cadmium Yellow Pale (Rhenish) | Cadmium Yellow Clair #2 (Lefebvre) | Naples Yellow (pmt pigment) | Naples Yellow (Winsor & Newton) | all in one primary coat | all directly from the tube | Varnish: VARNISH WITH BUTYL METHACRYLATE | POLYMER IN XYLENE DANIEL GOLDREYER LTD APRIL 1964 | Albers 1964'
Oil on masonite panel, 30 x 30 (76.2 x 76.2)
Purchased from Gimpel Fils (Grant-in-Aid) 1965
Prov: With Gimpel Fils, London (purchased from the artist 1964)
Exh: 40 New Paintings by Josef Albers, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, September-October 1964 (works not listed); Josef Albers: Homage to the Square, Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich, June-August 1965 (16); Gimpel Fils, London, September-October 1965 (16)
Repr: Michael Compton, Optical and Kinetic Art (London 1967), pl.2 in colour; Cyril Barrett, Op Art (London 1970), pl.39 in colour; Art International, XIV, 20 September 1970, p.77

This picture is of the A format with all the squares, the colours being, from the centre out: Cadmium Yellow Pale (Rhenish), Cadmium Yellow Clair No.2 (Lefebvre), Naples Yellow (permanent pigment) and Naples Yellow (Winsor and Newton). Albers stated in April 1966 that the versions on other scales included one in the maximum size of 48 x 48in (122 x 122cm) made in 1965.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.6, reproduced p.6