Modern and Contemporary Art
Homage to the Square (It Seems)
Josef Albers, American (born Germany), 1888 - 1976
Oil on panel
1968-183-1Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1968
LabelJoseph Albers’s Homage to the Square (It Seems) series comprises more than a thousand paintings, drawings, prints, and tapestries created over the course of three decades. As in this example, the basic composition of overlapping squares provided Albers with a controlled system for exploring the often subtle effects of color and tonal relationships. Albers’s legacy as an artist is matched by his work as a teacher. Having taught at the Bauhaus from 1922 to 1933, alongside artists like Paul Klee and Vasily Kandinsky, he subsequently immigrated to the United States with his wife, Anni, and taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and Yale University, among other schools.
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