Germany 1888 – United States of America 1976

  • United States of America from 1933

Day and night II: from a suite of ten lithographs 1963 Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.1119.2
Image rights: © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy

  • The Bauhaus-trained artist Josef Albers is best known for his work with colour. His highly influential research into the way that we see and feel colour was clearly elaborated in his series of paintings Homage to a square (1949-76). This series demonstrated that colour was relative – that the way a colour appeared and felt depended on its relationship to other colours. Black assumed a particular power in Albers’s project. Black could be understood as the summation of, and a memorial to, all other colour. As Albers put it: ‘the more colour that is mixed, the more the mixture approaches a dark grey leaning towards black.’

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