Josef Albers

Josef Albers
Color Study for White Line Square
ca. 1966
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 Albers / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

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, such as the present one, in which he experimented with color combinations. 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.

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