Best known for his paintings of nested squares in various colors called Homage to the Square, Josef Albers also produced a vast number of oil sketches in which he experimented with color combinations. This is a superb example of such a study. The scribbled pencil notations and free handling of paint - which contrasts with the austerity and strict geometry of the finished paintings - provide insight into the artistʼs working process.
Color Study for White Line Square
Oil, gouache, graphite pencil, and varnish on blotting paper.
13 x 30.4 inches (33.3 x 30.4 cm)
Gift of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in honor of Isabelle Dervaux.
Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.