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Josef Albers

Emeraude (from Soft Edge-Hard Edge), 1965

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Lot 27
Screenprint in colors on paper
5.0 x 5.0 in (12.7 x 12.7 cm)
PP outside main edition of 250


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Known for his interrogation of the square form in various tones and colors, ‘Emeraude’ comes from Josef Albers’ ‘Soft Edge-Hard Edge’ portfolio. Here, his study of color fields and spatial relationships presents an abstract layering of squares in emerald green, forest green, and blue. This smaller version of the main edition print was created as part of the cover for an announcement promoting the full portfolio.

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About 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.