Josef Albers, Master of Colour

Gropius project - Josef Albers Stained Glass

Artist’s I Like: Josef Albers


Self Portrait of Josef Albers 1917 from MOMA

Josef Albers was a master of colour and a teacher. I was first introduced to him when his book Interaction of Color was on the syllabus for the foundation Color Theory course in college. Along with his book we were required to purchase a pack of very expensive beautiful paper and in addition to a myriad of painting and drawing color projects, we were required to mimic his experiments based on specific criteria. In addition, we were also required to compose works with paper cut-outs using only these papers.

Josef Albers was the first ever living artist to be honored with a solo retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was still working on his Homages to the Square at the time of his death in New Haven, Connecticut in 1976.

While I learned about him and indirectly from him with his text, it wasn’t until recently that I really looked at his works outside of the interaction of color painting experiments. Anyway, including some pics and good links here if you want to learn more. In fact, I highly recommend listening to some of the podcasts – all the links follow on this page – have fun exploring and learning about ALBERS.

Good short bio on the Phillips Collection site here and from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Josef’s bio.

IMAGE INFO – Josef Albers (German 1888–1976), Self-Portrait, Date: c. 1917, Medium: Transfer lithograph, Dimensions: composition: 18 1/8 x 12″ (46.1 x 30.5 cm); sheet: 21 x 16 1/8″ (53.3 x 40.9 cm), Credit Line: John B. Turner Fund, MoMA Number:509.1966, Copyright: © 2013 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Gitterbild from MOMA Josef Albers
A very good podcast about Josef Albers can be heard here – it is over 30 minutes long but worth it. If you are short on time you can listen to a tour podcast which is around 10 minutes, but I recommend looking at a lot of his pix first for that one.

AWESOME LINKS

Josef Albers Papers

TRANSCRIPT Oral history interview – 968 June 22-July 5

Have a peek at the pages from Bauhaus 1919 – 1933: Workshops for Modernity

Hirschhorn Collection

IMAGE INFO – This image is of Josef Albers’ Gitterbild – Lattice picture, also known as Grid mounted. c. 1921. Albers Foundation/Art Resource, NY. Photo: Tim Nighswander © 2009 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Scroll down the page for the list of image resources and a really nice flickr set and you can learn about his colour theory by purchasing his book by clicking on the image below:


IMAGE RESOURCES

  • Variant 1973 Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976 Acrylic on fiberboard, 48 x 96 in. (121.9 x 243.7 cm) Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979 Accession Number: 79.12 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Geometric Abstraction
  • Josef Albers’ Gitterbild (Lattice picture, also known as Grid mounted). c. 1921. Albers Foundation/Art Resource, NY. Photo: Tim Nighswander © 2009 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Anni Albers is known but not as much as her husband Josef as is often the case with female designer artists.I would like to think that this is changing finally in 2013.
  • Josef Albers (German 1888–1976) Self-Portrait Date: c. 1917 Medium: Transfer lithograph Dimensions: composition: 18 1/8 x 12" (46.1 x 30.5 cm); sheet: 21 x 16 1/8" (53.3 x 40.9 cm) Credit Line: John B. Turner Fund MoMA Number:509.1966 Copyright: © 2013 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Josef Albers, Figure, 1921, Glass Assemblage mounted on brass sheet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
As usual instead of posting all of the pix from the gallery above, here is the gallery slideshow for larger versions of the thumbs, just mouse over the image to the left for the menu to pop-up.

blog posts with excellent pictures – check out this blog and
check out this one too

of course this resource almost always has something to offer – wikipedia page

Stuff by Albers at MOMA


flickr set

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