Study for Homage to the Square "High Tenor"
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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.
Oil on masonite
Recto: initialed and dated lower right: A 59
Verso: marked, "diminuenda" in chalk with title, signature, date, dimensions, and color notes
Gift of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
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Josef Albers (American, 1888-1976). Study for Homage to the Square "High Tenor," 1959. Oil on masonite, 18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, 1995.197.2. © artist or artist's estate
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