Josef Albers


While Josef Albers is synonymous with his influential "Homage to the Square" series, his "Variant" motif is his other highly sought after and super iconic work. 

With the "Variants" Albers combines both a colored grid and rectangles, by positioning contrasting or similar colors, he creates dynamic off-kilter and hypnotic shapes. The entire composition has a lower vanishing point which creates an optical illusions that there is actually overlapping color within the structure. Albers would ultimately create ten different color combinations in the motif. 

This example, in black, elephant gray, ghost white, charcoal and a bright blue that would make Yves Klein jealous. 

For this silkscreen Albers continued working with the legendary Ives-Sillman printing studio. However it was produced to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 100 year anniversary. 

To see another prime example of his work, and to learn more about Josef Albers, click here. 

Additional images available on request. 

Questions about this piece? Contact us or call +1.416.704.1720

"Variant MMA-3"

Signed, titled, numbered and dated 70 by the artist.

Metropolitan Museum blindstamp

From an edition of 100

Color silkscreen on Arches paper 

USA, 1970

24.5"H 26.5"W (work)

Very good condition.

Please contact us for a detailed condition report

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