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Homage to the Square: Soft Spoken

Artist:
Josef Albers (American (born Germany), Bottrop 1888–1976 New Haven, Connecticut)
Date:
1969
Medium:
Oil on Masonite
Dimensions:
48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.40.7
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of Josef Albers/ Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York
Not on view
Josef Albers was one of the most important teachers and influential personalities at the Bauhaus from its inception in Weimar, Germany (1919) through the last days of the school in Berlin (1933). When he fled Nazi Germany and came to the United States he was already established as a painter despite his talents for the art of assemblage and object design. In his series titled, "Homage to the Square", he produced an extensive body of variations on a highly focused theme. "Homage to the Square" is a collection of explorations in color and spatial relationships in which Albers limited himself to square formats, solid colors and precise geometry, yet was able to achieve a seemingly endless range of visual effects.
Inscription: Signed, dated, and inscribed (verso): Homage to the Square:/ "Soft Spoken"/ Albers 1969 [Artist's description of media on verso]
the artist, New Haven and Orange, Conn. (1969–72; his gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Josef Albers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Exhibition of His Paintings and Prints," November 19, 1971–January 11, 1972, no. 96.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. "New Accessions USA: The Fourteenth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings Acquired by Leading Art Museums of the United States for Their Permanent Collections," August 14–October 1, 1972, unnumbered cat.

Henry Geldzahler in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, ill. p. 217.



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