Auction 1079, Contemporary Art, 03.12.2016, 14:00, Cologne Lot 406

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square, 1962, Auction 1079 Contemporary Art, Lot 406

Josef Albers

Bottrop 1888 - 1976 New Haven

Homage to the Square


Oil on Masonite. 101 x 101 cm. Framed. Monogrammed and dated 'A62' (scratched). - Some crackling.

This work will be included in the forthcoming Josef Albers Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by the Anni and Josef Albers Foundation, Orange, Connecticut.

The present work is registered in The Josef Albers Foundation, Orange, Connecticut (with label verso)


Hete Hünermann Galerie, Dusseldorf; Galerie Denise René, Paris (each label verso)


Düsseldorf 2007 (Museum Kunstpalast), Die Kunst zu Sammeln, Das 20./21. Jahrhundert in Düsseldorfer Privat- und Unternehmensbesitz,, p.6, p.118 with col.ill., p.180

“Thanks to their picture composition in the ratio of 1:2:3, the Homages keep their feet on the ground while their heads are in the clouds. The central or first square is like a seed: the heart of things, the innermost, from which everything else radiates. The segments below this square, which are components of two or three larger squares striving outwards, double their width to the left and to the right and triple it towards the top. For example, in a picture composition of four squares that are 10 units high and 10 units wide, the width of the central square is four units while each of the outer squares measure half a unit on the underside, one unit on the left and on the right, and one and a half units at the top”. (Nicholas Fox Weber, Der Künstler als Alchimist, Josef Albers, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden und Bauhaus Archiv Berlin, 1988, p. 41).

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