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Study for Homage to the Square

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Study for Homage to the Square

Artist: Josef Albers (American, born Germany, 1888 - 1976)
Date: 1967
Medium: Oil on masonite
Dimensions:
Frame: 32 7/16 × 32 7/16 × 1 1/4 in. (82.4 × 82.4 × 3.2 cm.)
Canvas: 31 1/2 × 31 1/2 in. (80 × 80 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with Funds from the Bequest of William W. and Edith King Pearson, 1984.9
Accession number: 1984.9
Classification: painting
Copyright:ARS
Label TextAlbers emigrated with his wife and artist, Anni Albers, from Germany to North Carolina in 1933 to teach at Black Mountain College, an experimental school where visual art was central to its mission. Albers left Black Mountain in 1949 to teach at Yale University, and one year later, began his Homage to the Square series that would occupy him for more than twenty-five years. Like others in the series, this painting’s composition seems to speak to geometry, but it is actually concerned with perception. The illusion of receding and advancing planes are at the core of the work, asking the viewer to contemplate the meditative qualities of visual reception. October, 2020
SignedA '67 (l,r oil paint)
InscriptionStudy for Homage to the Square: (verso u,r)
verso u,r extensive inscription documenting colors used
32 x 32" (verso u,l)
H2 (verso u,c upside down)
Exhibition History"The Abstract Tradition in American Art," Des Moines Art Center, Dec. 7, 1991 - Feb. 23, 1992
Published ReferencesDES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, Des Moines Art Center, 1985, ill. p.19, p.2

AN UNCOMMON VISION: THE DES MOINES ART CENTER, Des Moines Art Center, 1998, ref. p.44, color ill. p.45
entirely unexpected