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JOSEF ALBERS | Study for Homage to the Square: Legend

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  • Josef Albers
  • Study for Homage to the Square: Legend
  • signed with the artist's monogram and dated 61; signed twice, titled, dated 1961 twice and variously inscribed on the reverse
  • oil on Masonite


Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Edward D. Bragline, New York
Christie’s, London, 1 July 1999, Lot 613
Bernard Cats, Belgium
Private Collection, Belgium
Acquired from the above by present owner in 2002

Catalogue Note

"It so happens that I've always had a preference—as everyone has prejudices and preferences—for the square as a shape in preference to the circle as a shape. And I have known for a long time that a circle always fools me by not telling me whether it's standing still or not. And if a circle circulates you don't see it. The outer curve looks the same whether it moves or does not move. So the square is much more honest and tells me that it is sitting on one line of the four, usually a horizontal one, as a basis. And I have also come to the conclusion that the square is a human invention, which makes it sympathetic to me." Josef Albers

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 1961.1.80.