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Josef Albers
Homage to the Square-Insert
1959
acrylic
48 x 48 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



Josef Albers pursued a philosophy of economy and basic order, observing that "I eliminate a change of form to save my time." Repetition of the square freed him to explore color relationships in countless variations. Here, the interplay of warm and cool creates a sense of motion—between front and back, center and edge—inviting us to contemplate Albers's intent in positioning the squares.