Modern and Contemporary Art
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Artist: Josef Albers, American, born Germany, 1888–1976, MA. (Hon.) 1950, D.F.A.(Hon.) 1962

Homage to the Square: Dense-Soft

1969

Oil on Masonite

39 7/8 x 39 15/16 in. (101.3 x 101.5 cm)
Gift of Anni Albers and the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc.
1977.160.60

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<P dir=ltr align=left>In 1950 Josef Albers initiated his <I>Homage to the Square </I>paintings.&nbsp;He believed that limitations promote focus, and this rule-governed series provided an ideal laboratory for that theory and his study of color. There are only four compositional variations throughout the hundreds of <I>Homages </I>that form the series. Albers applied the paint with a palette knife, leaving a thin border around each painting to set the work apart from its environment. Depending on adjacent hues, colors can seemingly change from translucent to opaque, giving the illusion of luminous haloes and dissolving borders between two areas of color.</P></SPAN>

Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
Not on view
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