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Study for Homage to the Square: With Aura

1959

Josef Albers

Josef Albers (1888–1976) once said that he had no need of real motion to make a painting move. This work is emblematic of his work from 1949 to his death. Produced with a palette knife directly on a prepared white panel, it pays homage to colour, the systematic use of the square being simply an expedient to eliminate the formal problem of content so that he could devote himself entirely to the optical effects of colour relations. This technique creates a subtle and sophisticated texture. The three works in the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection which are independent but are founded on the same principles of composition and contrast, present planes that advance and recede, opening and closing the surface with absolute mastery.

2016 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation © Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Herve Lewandowski

2016 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation © Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Herve Lewandowski

Artist: Josef Albers
Title: Study for Homage to the Square: With Aura
Geography: United States
Date: 1959
Medium: oil on fibreboard
Classification: graphic arts (drawing, painting, engraving, calligraphy)
Dimensions: 45.7 x 45.7 x 3 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2015.044
Contact for images: [email protected]
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