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

Study to Homage to the Square: In Space

Josef Albers (1888-1976)
Study to Homage to the Square: In Space
signed with the artist's monogram and dated 'A56' (lower right); signed again, titled and dated again 'Study to Homage to the Square: "In Space" Albers 1956' (on the reverse)
oil on Masonite
24 x 24 in. (60.9 x 60.9 cm.)
Painted in 1956.
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles
Private collection, Beverly Hills, 1960
Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 8 November 1983, lot 2
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Los Angeles, Ferus Gallery, Albers, October-November 1960.
Pasadena Art Museum; Seattle, University of Washington, Henry Art Gallery and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Serial Imagery, September 1968-February 1969, p. 51, no. 53 (illustrated).

Lot Essay

The work is registered in the catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Josef Albers as 1956.1.22.

“There is very much a simple, suitable, and natural wholeness to the arrangement of squares within squares, which is one of the best ideas in the world, one which provided enormous versatility and complexity. This arrangement is easily at one with color. It’s amazing that it so quietly produces such brilliance.” (D. Judd, Painting on Paper: Josef Albers in America, Munich, p. 35).

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