Josef Albers Prints

Joseph Albers was an American artist with German heritage. He became most famous for branching out into the world of art education. He had a massive influence in art education, whilst also proving to be an extremely viable artist in the world of abstract painting.

Albers was born into a Roman Catholic family in Germany. He started out working as a school teacher in 1908 and then trained as a teacher in 1913. In 1918 he received his first public commission, which was a stained glass window. He joined the Weimar Bauhaus in 1920. This was a major event in his life, and he was to asked to teach a course in the Department of Design. By 1925 he had been promoted to professor, which was the same year the Bauhaus moved to Dessau. By this time, Josef Albers artwork was beginning to gain attention.

At this time he was working alongside famous students and graduates such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. He left for America soon after Nazi pressure was applied in 1933, and went to North Carolina to teach at Black Mountain College, which was a new art school.

He was responsible for a number of famous students while at Black Mountain College. Later he was hired to head the Department of Design at Yale University. Here he had more notable students, including Eva Hesse. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1973. He died when he was 88, but was still writing and creating art right up until his death.

Albers was successful at an early age, and received his first solo exhibition in 1936. He has also continued to be celebrated, with his most recent exhibition being in 2014. As regards his value on the art market, one of his paintings recently sold for $1.5 million. Josef Albers prints are still popular and are influential in modern art.