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


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.