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Josef Albers, 1888–1976

4 Carrés 4 Couleurs1969

Joseph Albers dedicated the years from 1950 to the end of his life to his series of paintings ‘Homage to the Square’. Using a maximum of four nested squares he explored the mutual effect of colour intensity and colour values. Produced in the French town of Aubusson, this tapestry with its three yellow squares suspended in space, is a variation on his usual motif using textile as a medium.

MediumAubusson tapestry
Dimensions Unframed, 171 x 171 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.103 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Josef Albers, 4 Carrés 4 Couleurs, 1969, Aubusson tapestry, Unframed, 171 x 171 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Josef Albers 1888–1976

Born in Westphalia, Germany, the painter, printmaker and designer Josef Albers studied and taught at the Weimer Bauhaus. In 1933, Albers moved to America to teach art at Black Mountain College and in 1950 became chairman of the Department of Design at Yale. His 1963 book ‘Interaction of Color’, is considered one of the major treatises on the subject. In 1971 Albers became the first living artist to be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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