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Josef Albers, New Haven, 1967, Photo © Sedat Pakay 1967

Josef Albers (1888 – 1976) is known first and foremost for his famous series Homages to the Square, that he began in the 1950s and continued to work on for over two decades, establishing him as one of the leading protagonists of modern art. Albers’ Homages not only show a clear perspective in their composition but also an extraordinary harmony of colour. Concentrating on a restricted choice of colours, Albers achieved a certain effect of tones when combining them continuously in a new context.
His professorship at the legendary Bauhaus School in Dessau and Berlin (1923 – 1933) was of fundamental significance until – due to continual harassment from the Nazi party – he was forced to emigrate to the United States. There, he taught first at the recently-founded Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1933 – 1949) before being offered a professor’s chair at Yale University, Connecticut (1950 – 1959). In the following years Albers continued to deliver lecture series at various American universities. In 1963 his legendary book Interaction of Color was published.

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