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    Sale 7601

    Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

    25 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 355

    Josef Albers (German, 1888-1975)

    Design for 'Lauben' (Arbour or Bower)

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    Josef Albers (German, 1888-1975)
    Design for 'Lauben' (Arbour or Bower)
    signed and dated 'Albers 1925' (lower right)
    black and orange gouache and pencil on paper
    13¾ x 18¼ in. (34.8 x 46.4 cm.)
    Executed in 1925

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    This work is accompanied by a letter from Albers dated 20 February 1967 confirming its title and describing it as a study for a sandblasted (opaque) glass painting, which the artist executed at the Bauhaus. Albers joined the Bauhaus in 1922 to head the glass workshop, which he reorganised and developed. In 1925 the workshop was dissolved, since its emphasis on individual craftmanship did not correspond with the Bauhaus's new focus on mass-production design. Albers then stayed at the Bauhaus as a Bauhaus Master teaching undergraduates. However, he continued to work with glass and it was around that time that he developed the sandblasted flashed glass technique for wall paintings. Particular in technique and characterictic in style, these glass paintings and related prepartory watercolours form a particularly coherent group in Albers's early oeuvre.

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    Robert Elkon Gallery, New York (no. 4593 A).
    Ned L. Pines, New York, by whom acquired from the above in 1964; his estate sale, Sotheby's, New York, 7 November 1990, lot 111.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Altenburg, Lindenau-Museum, August - October 1998, no. 1 (illustrated p. 19).