The Art of Colour-Rich Interiors

The Albers Effect

There’s more to March 19th than Mother’s Day. Josef Albers, one of the 20th-century’s foremost abstract artists, was born this day in 1888. Lauded for his creativity, Albers was also an educator whose theories on colour are still taught today. Collagerie salutes this modern maestro.
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Though best known as an abstract painter, the extent of Albers’ contribution to art and design is far more comprehensive. The German-born creative worked in multiple disciplines, crafting ground-breaking pieces in glass, woodwork, photography, typography and print, and his “Homage to the Square” series of paintings and prints (1950-1976) is among the masterworks of modern art. The first living artist to be given a solo show at MoMA and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, he was also an educator and theorist, and his work on colour continues to inform the study of art. Albers taught at the Bauhaus and headed Yale’s department of design; he is considered to be one of the most influential visual arts teachers of entire 20th century.
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