Josef Albers

The work and writings of artist and Bauhaus educator Josef Albers (German, 1888-1976) flourished in the avant-garde Petri dish of Weimar Germany. Utilizing a plethora of mediums, including typography, furniture design, painting, and glasswork, Albers came to be best known as a color theorist. The result of his insights into the intricacies of hue and shape would culminate in the series ‘Homage to the Square’. Despite the rise of Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich, Albers and his wife and fellow artist, Annie Albers, would continue their artistic practice and education of other budding modernists, teaching around the world, and working with such innovators as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. In 1971 Albers became the first living artist to be honored with a solo retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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