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Homage to the Square: Soft Resonance

1962
48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)

Josef Albers
American (Bottrop, Ruhr, Germany, 1888 - 1976, New Haven, CT)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on composition board
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1967.27
Location: Currently on view
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Have you ever had the experience of picking out an article of clothing in a store and bringing it home, only to find out that it wasn’t the color you thought it was? This is often the result of the effect of different kinds of lighting on our perception of color. Josef Albers spent thirty years studying how our sense of color is influenced and sometimes tricked. As Albers said in his book, Interaction of Color, “color deceives continually.” His Homage to the Square series is an elegant exploration of the way people perceive colors differently depending on the colors nearby.

If the same yellow square in the center of this painting were surrounded by a dark red color, do you think the yellow square would appear lighter or darker than it does in this painting?

[Summer 2015]

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Artist's signature, lower right: 62/A


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Sidney Janis Limited, New York; purchased by the Gallery in 1967

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