Artwork Details

Josef Albers


Homage to the Square, Ochre and Red
Color lithograph on white wove paper
11 x 11 inches
Not on view
Accession Number
Gift of Mrs. Frank Van Steenberg

About the Artwork

Acclaimed for making notable contributions to the study of color theory, the painter, writer, and theorist Josef Albers began the series, Homage to the Square in 1950 and worked on it continually until his death.

Raised in a family of craftsmen, Albers experimented in many art forms early in life, working in photography, printmaking, murals, and eventually, as a professional stained glass artist — all media that informed his notoriously convicted approach to composition. His technical training and academic background working at Germany’s renowned Bauhaus alongside artists like Kandinsky and Klee nurtured a unique visual vocabulary in his work, specifically his fascination with perception and its subjectivity. 

The artist’s Homage to the Square series was an experimentation in construction and color for Albers; each image features colorful, intertwined squares which reveal new hues as they overlap and intersect.