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

Study for Homage to the Square: Mellow

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Josef Albers (1888-1976)
Study for Homage to the Square: Mellow
signed with the artist's monogram and date 'A60' (lower right); signed, titled and dated twice 'Study for Homage to the Square: "Mellow" 1960 J. Albers' (on the reverse)
oil on Masonite
24 x 24 in. (60.9 x 60.9 cm.)
Painted in 1960.
Provenance
London Art Galleries, Detroit
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1971
Exhibited
Essen, Museum Folkwang, Josef Albers, February-March 1963, no. 25.
Kunsthalle Bern, Marcel Duchamp, Josef Albers, October-November 1964, no. 154
Paris, Galerie Denise René, Albers, March-April 1968, no. 5.
Detroit, London Art Galleries, From Constructivism to Kinetic Art: A Survey in Two Parts, 1968-1969.

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Lot Essay

The work is registered in the catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Josef Albers as 1960.1.54.

“We are able to hear a single tone, but we almost never (that is, without special devices) see a single color unconnected and unrelated to other colors. Colors present themselves in continuous flux, constantly related to changing neighbors and changing conditions. As a consequence, this proves for the reading of color what Kandinsky often demanded for the reading of art: what counts is not the what but the how.” — Josef Albers

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