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Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a renowned painter, printmaker, color theorist, writer, and teacher who had the longest tenure of any artist at the Bauhaus (1920-33), was the pivotal figure at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina (1933-49) and chaired the Yale University Department of Design (1950-58).

The first living artist even honored in a solo retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1971, he is best known for his series of paintings Homages to the Square—of which one was reproduced in a edition of 170 million for the U S Department of Education as an exemplar of it motto Learning Never Ends.

Josef Albers
photography © Courtesy Rudy Burckhardt Estate and Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York