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Homage to the Square: Stele and Foliage

Josef Albers (American, born in Germany, 1888–1976)


Framed: 41.6 x 41.6 x 2.9 cm (16 3/8 x 16 3/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on Masonite

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Joseph Albers was a renowned teacher, and his famous course at Yale University on color theory was enormously influential, culminating in his seminal 1963 publication, Interaction of Color. While at Yale, Albers also embarked on his Homage to the Square series of paintings and prints. These works of meticulously measured nested squares explore how the experience of color—whether it advances or recedes, is warm or cool—is both highly subjective and impacted by factors such as hue or adjacency to other colors.


1966, artist to Estrellita Karsh; 2011, Estrellita Karsh gift to MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh and in honor of Jen Mergel


© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York