Josef Albers in quotes, on painting, color, Bauhaus & his life - free resource, American art history

Josef Albers quotes - the famous German-born artist on his abstract painting art, use of color and Bauhaus; moreover he reprts about his artistic life in Germany and later in the United States - free resource for students, pupils and teachers in American art history

Josef Albers was a German-born American painter creating mainly abstract painting art, in colored forms. Moreover he developed in his writings his theories on color interaction and compositions of colored forms. Albers was also an famous art teacher, first at the German Bauhaus in Germany, later at the American ‘Black Mountain College’ in the U.S.

In his later abstract art-works Josef Albers explored the chromatic interactions with flat color squares, concentrically arranged, as he did in his famous series 'Homage to the Square’.
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Some selected artist-quotes of the famous abstract artist Josef Albers - as a short introduction of his extended quotes in the PDF:

  • ’Every perception of colour is an illusion… …we do not see colours as they really are. In our perception they alter one another.’ - quote by Josef Albers, c. 1949, when Albers started his ‘Homage to the Square’ series

  • ’But besides relatedness and influence I should like to see that my colors remain, as much as possible, a ‘face’ - their own ‘face’, as it was achieved - uniquely - and I believe consciously - in Pompeian wall-paintings - by admitting coexistence of such polarities as being dependent and independent - being dividual and individual.’ - Albers’ quote in ‘Homage to the square’, MoMA 1964

  • ’Art is not to be looked at. Art is looking at us. What is art to others is not necessarily art to me. Nor for the same reason and vice versa… …though art is not an object but experience. To be able to perceive it we need to be receptive. Therefore art is there where art meets us now. The content of art is visual formulation of our relation to life.’ - quote of Albers, in ‘Oral history interview with Josef Albers’, 1968
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artist-QUOTES of & about Josef Albers + images of his art - in PDF

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