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JOSEF & ANNI ALBERS

This morning, I found a few drawings made by Josef Albers. Looking through them, I also rediscovered the works of his wife, Anni Albers. What an amazing couple! They were the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism.

Josef Albers (1888–1976) was an influential teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist—now best known for the Homages to the Square he painted between 1950 and 1976, and for his innovative 1963 publication Interaction of Color. Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a textile designer, weaver, writer, and printmaker who inspired a reconsideration of fabrics as an art form, both in their functional roles and as wallhangings.
The couple met at the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany in 1922. This new teaching institution, which transformed modern design, had been founded three years earlier, and emphasized the connection between artists, architects, and craftspeople.

Here some of their beautiful works.

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Owl (II), ca. 1917, ink on paper, Josef Albers

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Under Way, 1963, cotton, linen, wool, Anni Albers

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Two geese, ca. 1917, ink on paper, Josef Albers

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Study for Camino Real, 1967, gouache on graph paper, Anni Albers

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Gitterbild (Grid Mounted), ca. 1921, glass, metal, and wire, Josef Albers

 

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