JOSEF ALBERS | VARIANT/ADOBE
1888 - 1976
signed with the artist’s monogram and dated 47
oil on blotting paper
sheet: 17⅜ by 24⅛ in. 44.1 by 61.3 cm.
framed: 25 by 29 in. 63.5 by 73.7 cm.
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 1947.2.14.
This work is in good condition overall. There is evidence of wear and handling along the edges, including soft creases most noticeable at the corners including a resultant loss to the upper right corner, and skinning to the edges likely from a previous mat. The edges of the sheet have discolored slightly with age. Under close inspection, minor surface irregularities and unobtrusive, stray pinpoint white accretions are visible throughout, likely inherent to the artist’s working method. Also under close inspection, a 1-inch diagonal white rub is visible in the lower center of the ochre band and a brown diagonal pinpoint scratch is visible in the upper left corner. Under extreme raking light, pinpoint networks of stable drying cracks in the ochre passage are visible. The sheet is hinged verso to the mat intermittently along the edges. Please note, this work has not been examined under Ultraviolet light inspection. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Collection of Francisco Rodriguez, Mexico City (acquired directly from the artist in 1947)
Private Collection, Mexico City (acquired from the above circa 1950)
Thence by descent to the present owner