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Josef Albers

Untitled, 1972

Ink and watercolor on paper
9 × 6 in
22.9 × 15.2 cm
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A condolence card and a personal, hand-written letter from Josef and Anni Albers accompany this …

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A condolence card and a personal, hand-written letter from Josef and Anni Albers accompany this lot. The letter expresses the Albers' condolences regarding the death of Mr. Peter Leo and conveys gratitude for the support Mr. Leo provided Albers early in his career.

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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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A condolence card and a personal, hand-written letter from Josef and Anni Albers accompany this …

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A condolence card and a personal, hand-written letter from Josef and Anni Albers accompany this lot. The letter expresses the Albers' condolences regarding the death of Mr. Peter Leo and conveys gratitude for the support Mr. Leo provided Albers early in his career.

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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

Untitled, 1972

Ink and watercolor on paper
9 × 6 in
22.9 × 15.2 cm
Bidding closed
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