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Josef Albers (1888-1976)
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Josef Albers (1888-1976)

Study For Homage to the Square: R – III a – 6

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Josef Albers (1888-1976)
Study For Homage to the Square: R – III a – 6
signed with the artist’s monogram and dated ‘68’ (lower right);
signed, titled and dated ‘Study for Homage to the Square R-III a-6 Albers’ 1968’ (on the reverse)
oil on masonite
32 x 32in. (81.3 x 81.3cm.)
Painted in 1968
Provenance
The Artist.
Maximilian Schell, Preitenegg (acquired directly from the artist, December 1972).
Erna Baumbauer, Siegsdorf (acquired from the above, December 1990) and thence by descent to the present owner in September 1995.
Exhibited
Dusseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Josef Albers, 1970, p. 58, no. 127.
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Josef Albers: An Exhibition Of His Paintings And Prints, 1971-1972, p. 67, no. 79 (illustrated, p. 23).
New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Josef Albers: A Retrospective, 1988, no. 238 (illustrated in colour, p. 279). This exhibition later travelled to Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Berlin, The Bauhaus Archiv and Finland, The Pori Art Museum.
Munich, The Villa Stuck, Anni und Josef Albers, 1990, no. 107 (illustrated in colour, p. 103).
Post lot text
This work will be included in the forthcoming Josef Albers Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by The Anni and Josef Albers Foundation.

Lot Essay

‘If one says ‘Red’ (the name of a color) and there are 50 people listening, it can be expected that there will be 50 reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different’ (J. Albers, quoted in Formulation: Articulation, New York 2006, p. 21).

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