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Josef Albers

ELC 2-c, ELC 2-d, ELC 1-a, and ELC 1-c, from Embossed Linear Constructions (four works)

Embossing on Arches watercolor paper
8 3/4 × 20 3/4 in
22.2 × 52.7 cm
Edition 33/100 + 10AP
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Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

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Each signed, numbered, dated, and titled in pencil in lower margin, with publisher's blindstamp
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Josef Albers
German-American, 1888–1976
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Josef Albers is best known for his seminal “Homage to the Square” series of the 1950s and '60s, which focused on the simplification of form and the interplay of shape and color. “Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature,” he once said. “I prefer to see with closed eyes.” His abstract canvases employed rigid geometric compositions in order to emphasize the optical effects set off by his chosen color palettes. Albers was highly influential as a teacher, first at the Bauhaus in Germany alongside Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, and later with posts at Black Mountain College, Yale, and Harvard; he taught courses in design and color theory, and counted among his students such iconic artists as Eva Hesse, Cy Twombly, Richard Anuszkiewicz, and Robert Rauschenberg. He is often cited among the progenitors of Minimalist, Conceptual, and Op art.

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About the work
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Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Signature
Each signed, numbered, dated, and titled in pencil in lower margin, with publisher's blindstamp
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Josef Albers
German-American, 1888–1976
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Josef Albers is best known for his seminal “Homage to the Square” series of the 1950s and '60s, which focused on the simplification of form and the interplay of shape and color. “Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature,” he once said. “I prefer to see with closed eyes.” His abstract canvases employed rigid geometric compositions in order to emphasize the optical effects set off by his chosen color palettes. Albers was highly influential as a teacher, first at the Bauhaus in Germany alongside Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, and later with posts at Black Mountain College, Yale, and Harvard; he taught courses in design and color theory, and counted among his students such iconic artists as Eva Hesse, Cy Twombly, Richard Anuszkiewicz, and Robert Rauschenberg. He is often cited among the progenitors of Minimalist, Conceptual, and Op art.

Josef Albers

ELC 2-c, ELC 2-d, ELC 1-a, and ELC 1-c, from Embossed Linear Constructions (four works)

Embossing on Arches watercolor paper
8 3/4 × 20 3/4 in
22.2 × 52.7 cm
Edition 33/100 + 10AP
Bidding closed
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