In 1950, at the age of 62, Josef Albers began what would become his signature series, the Homage to the Square. Albers continued to work on this series until his death in 1976. In 1955 he wrote of the series, ‘They all are of different palettes, and, therefore, so to speak, of different climates.’ In this piece there is a series of four squares gradually shrinking into the distance.
Study for Homage to the Square: Departing in Yellow
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on fiber board. Purchased 1965 © DACS 2015
Born in Germany, Josef Albers worked as a teacher for several years before studying at a number of art schools. After his studies Albers taught in art schools in both the UK and the USA. As a teacher he focused on lithographs and screen printing, although he did paint at the time, he never taught any painting classes. His best known series, Homage to the Square, consist of paintings, lithographs and screen prints.