Josef Albers Invitation is in Private Collection and is made of oil on masonite.
The Artist: Josef Albers was born in Bottrop (1888). He is one of the most outstanding German representatives of geometric abstraction. After working as a schoolteacher in his home town of Bottrop, Albers attended the Berlin Academy of Art and a school of decorative art in Essen. He then went on to Munich, to study painting with Franz von Stuck. But the key influence on his development came with his training at the Weimar Bauhaus. There, in 1922, at the behest of Walter Gropius, Albers became teacher of the preliminary course.
In 1929, twenty of his glass-paintings were included in a Bauhaus masters exhibition in Basel and Zurich. Albers also worked in the technique of stained-glass, making windows that were initially composed of myriads of varicolored shards. Soon, however, they began to evince the precisely defined forms and carefully balanced color schemes which would come to dominate his later work. Albers gained an international reputation as an art teacher during his Bauhaus period. When the Nazis abolished the school in 1933, he emigrated to the United States, where he was offered a post at the recently inaugurated Black Mountain College, in Ashville, North Carolina. Albers’s renown… Read more