Josef Albers

Josef Albers (1888 - 1976)

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Josef Albers
Born in Bottrop, Westphalia, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Weimar, Germanymap
[children unknown]
Died in New Haven, Connecticut, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 May 2015
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The example of Josef Albers and of his wife, Anni, shows that the extraordinary influence that the Bauhaus has had in America was by no means limited to the field of architecture. Josef Albers, painter, philosopher, teacher and writer, taught at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1923 until its dissolution in 1933. The ascetic discipline of his paintings on glass of that time "created a new language in painting" (Eugene Grominger), "Since his days at the Bauhaus, Albers pursued one and the same idea--to grasp and understand the world through images, from a visual perspective"(Will Grohman) In his paintings and graphic designs, which made him famous after his emigration to America -- and among which the series "Homage To The Square" has become the best known -- Albers "Rejected accidental effects and limited emotional factors to a minimum" (Ruth Gilbert) As a teacher, Albers was of uncommon importance in the United States too. He taught at Black Mountain Collage in North Carolina and later at Yale University, where he became Dean of the School of Architecture and Design. Among other things, Albers is considered a forerunner of Op Art. Albers was a member of the National Institute of Art and Letters and in 1968 was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Josef Albers' paintings and graphic works are exhibited by many European and American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York. [1]

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  1. Gerard Wilk, Americans from Germany, Second Printing, German Information Center, Second printing 1987(copywrite 1976), page 1

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