Albers' Homage to the Square works often invoke divergent interpretations. Critics have written about the artist's interest in intuition and construction, rationality and sensitivity and even the relationship between art and life. Jürgen Wismann has remarked that such ambiguous interpretations are a natural result of the artist's own often mysterious comments. Albers' explanation of the dual effect of color in his Homage to the Square works, however, offer a simpler analysis:
"I think art parallels life: it is not a report on nature or an intimate disclosure of inner secrets. Color, in my opinion, behaves like man - in two distinct ways: first in self-realization and then in the realizations of relationships with others. In my paintings I have tried to make two polarities meet - independence and inter-dependence... In other words, one must combine both being an individual and being a member of society. That's the parallel" (quoted in Jürgen Wismann, Josef Albers' Homages to the Square as the Unity of Rationality and Sensitivity, in Josef Albers, exh. cat., The Mayor Gallery, London, 1989, p. 23).