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Josef Albers
VARIANT/ADOBE 
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 524,000 USD
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121
Josef Albers
VARIANT/ADOBE 
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 524,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Josef Albers
1888 - 1976
VARIANT/ADOBE 
signed with the artist's monogram and dated 48-55
oil on Masonite
16 by 31 in. 40.6 by 78.7 cm.
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This work will be included in the Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings by Josef Albers currently being prepared by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and is registered under 1976.1.1155. 

Provenance

Estate of the artist
The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany
Waddington Custot Galleries, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Berlin, Bauhaus-Archiv; Pori Art Museum, Josef Albers: A Retrospective, March - December 1988, cat. no. 189, p. 234, illustrated
Château de Plieux, Josef Albers au Château de Plieux, July - September 1998, cat. no. 37
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Josef Albers: Minimal Means, Maximum Effect, April - August 2010, cat. no. 131, p. 174, illustrated in color
Paris, Galerie Denise René, Josef Albers, February - March 2012, cat. no. 6, illustrated in color
Perugia, Città di Castello, Pinacoteca Comunale, Josef Albers Arte come esperienza: i metodi di insegnamento di un maestro del Bauhaus, March - June 2013, cat. no. 41, illustrated in color
Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop, Kunst als Erfahrung: Josef Albers als Lehrer – der Maler und seine Schüler, December 2013 - March 2014
London, Waddington Custot Galleries, Josef Albers: Black and White, May - June 2014, cat. no. 6, p. 33, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"All Variants are built on an underlying checkerboard-like structure. This provides a definitive relationship of all parts and therefore unification of form...The underlying units—permit a precise relationship of the areal quantities of the colors used...As to the colors themselves, they are unmixed. They are applied with a palette knife directly from the tube to the panel, in one primary coat without under or over painting, without any correction...Consequently I have deprived myself of great light contrasts. As there are no shaded or tinted colors, there is no modulation, all color areas are flat and of definite shapes joining along the contours tightly...The appearance of translucency or intermixture or film-like overlapping are achieved by the proper juxtaposition of pure color only."
Josef Albers

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