Lot 1: JOSEF ALBERS

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Description: PROPERTY FROM THE VANTHOURNOUT COLLECTION

1888-1976
HOMAGE TO THE SQUARE: STUCCO SETTING

48 x 48 in. 121.9 x 121.9 cm.

signed with the artist's monogram and dated 59; signed, titled and dated 1959 on the reverse

oil on masonite

This work will be included in the Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings by Josef Albers currently being prepared by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and is registered under #1959.1.15.

PROVENANCE

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Clark, Dallas
Waddington Galleries, Ltd., London
Acquired by the present owner from the above circa 1999

EXHIBITED

New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, Josef Albers, November -- December 1959, cat. no. 26
Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum, Continuity and Change: 45 American Abstract Painters and Sculptors, April -- May 1962, cat. no. 7
Austin, University Art Museum, The University of Texas Exhibition Program, Color Forum, February - April 1972, n.p., illustrated in color
Brussels, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Josef Albers, September -- October 1999

NOTE

``The shape of the square itself has a godlike rightness to it. It is a perfect form: of equal sides and equal angles. ....It has had a value through the centuries and will be valid in the future''

Nicholas Fox Weber, Josef Albers, Milan, 1988, p. 11
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