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    Homage to the Square

    Josef Albers’s Homage to the Square series is a study of the illusionistic effects of color. Starting with the rigorous geometry of nested squares, Albers created these works by applying paint directly from the tube and spreading it onto the Masonite board with a palette knife. The juxtaposed slabs of color play off one another, as some squares seem to recede into space while others float into the foreground. Albers pursued this study of color and perception from 1950 until his death, producing nearly a thousand canvases in the series.

    This text refers to these objects: ' 1995.197.1; 1995.197.2

    • Artist: Josef Albers, American, 1888-1976
    • Medium: Oil on masonite
    • Place Made: United States
    • Dates: 1957
    • Dimensions: 18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Recto: initialed and dated lower right corner: A 57 Verso: title, signature, dimensions, date, color notes
    • Collections:Contemporary Art
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
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    • Accession Number: 1995.197.1
    • Credit Line: Gift of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
    • Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
    • Caption: Josef Albers (American, 1888-1976). Homage to the Square, 1957. Oil on masonite, 18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, 1995.197.1. © artist or artist's estate
    • Image: overall, 1995.197.1_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: JAF #348
    • Record Completeness: Best (88%)
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