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Homage to the Square: Bright Reminder

In 1920, Josef Albers began a course of study at the Bauhaus, an innovative new art school in Weimar, Germany. Here he learned the basics of color theory and modern, streamlined design, and in 1925, he was appointed a “master” (instructor) at the school. In 1933, Albers fled Nazi Germany for the United States, where he had been offered a teaching position at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In the 1950s, he served as chair of the Department of Design at Yale University. Albers is best known for his series Homage to the Square. Although painted during the 1950s, these explorations of color and geometry reflect the influence of the Bauhaus.

Joseph Albers
American, born Germany, 1888‒1976
Homage to the Square: Bright Reminder
Oil on masonite
23 1/8 x 23 ¼ in. (58.7 x 59.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Jane and Roger Wolcott Memorial, 72.121

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