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Homage to the Square (It Seems)
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Homage to the Square (It Seems)

Josef Albers, American (born Germany), 1888 - 1976

Made in North and Central America


Oil on panel

39 7/8 x 40 inches (101.3 x 101.6 cm)

© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1968

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Joseph Albers’s Homage to the Square (It Seems) series comprises more than a thousand paintings, drawings, prints, and tapestries created over the course of three decades. As in this example, the basic composition of overlapping squares provided Albers with a controlled system for exploring the often subtle effects of color and tonal relationships. Albers’s legacy as an artist is matched by his work as a teacher. Having taught at the Bauhaus from 1922 to 1933, alongside artists like Paul Klee and Vasily Kandinsky, he subsequently immigrated to the United States with his wife, Anni, and taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and Yale University, among other schools.