• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 12204

    Photographs

    5 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 153

    Josef Albers (1888–1976)

    Spiegelung zwischen dünnem Eis, Beginnender Winter (Reflection from Thin Ice, Incipient Winter), c. 1930

    Estimate

    Josef Albers (1888–1976)
    Spiegelung zwischen dünnem Eis, Beginnender Winter (Reflection from Thin Ice, Incipient Winter), c. 1930
    gelatin silver print
    stamped 'albers dessau' credit, titled and variously numbered in pencil (verso)
    image/sheet: 9 1/4 x 6 3/8 in. (23.5 x 16.2 cm.)


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    Josef Albers, best known for his paintings and color theory work, explored photography most seriously from the late 1920s to the early 1930s, while studying and working at the Bauhaus. Albers likely created the present image during his time at the Dessau Bauhaus, which existed from 1925 until 1932, before closing due to pressures from the Nazi regime. Unlike the collages that Albers was making during this period, this photograph exists on its own, demonstrating a more meditative and evocative aesthetic gesture.

    Provenance

    The artist; 
    acquired from the above by the Estate of Ileana Sonnabend; 
    by descent to the present owner. 


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the title of this print is, Spiegelung zwischen dünnem Eis, Beginnender Winter (Reflection from Thin Ice, Incipient Winter)


    Pre-Lot Text

    The Collection of Ileana Sonnabend and the Estate of Nina Castelli Sundell


    Literature

    Marianne Stockebrand (ed.), Josef Albers: Photographien 1928-1955, Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, 1992, pl. 23 (as Ganz dünnes Eis).