Josef Albers, 1888-1976) Homage to the Square, signed with artist’s monogram and dated ‘A57’ (lower right) oil on masonite. 24 x 24 in. (60.9 x 60.9 cm.) Painted in 1957.
“They contain simple, great statements such as: I’m standing here. I’m resting here. I’m in the world and on earth. I’m in no hurry to move on. While Mark Rothko sought transcendence, Albers looked for fulfillment here on earth. Mark Rothko approached the ethereal through art. Josef Albers realized ‘the spiritual in art’” — H. Arp quoted in W. Schmied, “Fifteen Notes on Josef Albers” trans. by B. Barrett and Claudia Deniers in Josef Albers, exh. cat., London, 1989, pp. 9-10.