Study for Homage to the Square. 1970. Oil on fibreboard. Monogrammed and dated lower right. Verso titled and inscribed. 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in). Verso with numerous gallery labels, partly inscribed "JAF 223" and "AF 223". Framed in object box.
The lot will be presented the Josef Albers Foundation for examination on 15 December 2015.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Rhineland.
EXHIBITION: Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, 1985. Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, 1986(?). Edward Totah Gallery, London and Milan, 1988. Galerie Hadrien-Thomas, Paris (no date).
Albers experimented with linear forms, which break through the safety of geometric arrangements, in which he also included colors. This 'geometric Surrealism' (Werner Spies) challenged the viewer's sensory perception, who was intended to live through the piece of art and to recreate it. Series like 'Homage to the Square' dealt with the interactions of colors, which can change their effect indefinitely by a simple comparison.