Homage to the Square--Insert

  • Josef Albers, Homage to the Square--Insert, 1959, oil on masonite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1969.47.51

Exhibition Label
A mathematical formula seems an odd starting point for an artist, but this is the way Josef Albers began more than one thousand panels he called Homage to the Square. Restricting himself to a format that was never smaller than one foot nor larger than four feet on a side, Albers concentrated on color and the unpredictability of the way the eye sees, and the mind interprets, images. As a result, the central yellow square seems either to recede or project forward, depending on the viewing distance.

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
Title
Homage to the Square--Insert
Artist
Date
1959
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on masonite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract – geometric
Object Number
1969.47.51
Palette
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