White FrontArtist(s)Josef AlbersArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1958Medium & Supportoil on masoniteDimensions
24 1/4 in. x 27 5/8 in. x 1 1/4 in. ( 61.6 cm x 70.17 cm x 3.18 cm )Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
March 28, 2009
What color is is of less concern than what it does.
Painting is color acting.
Painted during the artist’s final year as chair of the Department of Design at the Yale University School of Art, White Front exemplifies Albers’ exacting investigation into how we perceive color in relationship to other colors. Albers carefully planned his compositions in advance and then—under highly controlled studio conditions—applied his unmixed paints directly from the tube with a palette knife, meticulously documenting his working process and materials on the back of the painting’s Masonite support. Simultaneously systematic and poetic, Albers’ color studies eventually led to the publication, in 1963, of his influential book Interaction of Color.Subject matter
One of the "Variants" that Albers began creating in the late forties. The "Variants" were visual experiements with the psychic effect of color. Albers applied paint directly from the tube.Physical Description
A white rectangle stretches from near the left edge to the right edge. It has two small verticle ochre rectangles close to either end. Around the white rectangle are sections of yellow and ochre.Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object TypeabstractAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingRights
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Abstract (fine arts style)
modern and contemporary art