When the Albers escaped Nazi Germany and moved to the United States they took up residence in California. Later they moved to Black Mountain College in North Carolina to continue their teaching and research. When I was at their studio in Connecticut I observed how Joseph laid out his paint tubes… very orderly in all the hues (colors) values (dark to light) blacks & whites (neutrals). These were also probably arranged in intensities (color saturation). Anni left them as they were when he passed into colorful eternity. From what I can remember, there must have been at least three to four hundred tubes of oil paint laid out on a small drafting table. His “Homage to the square” color study paintings were essentially two or more squares of different sizes usually arranged from the center and expanding to the edges. Each painting of two overlapping squares were modulated in a unique color combination. In the overlap he created a third color which sometimes read to the eye as a transparency. This is not always easy to see. When I was at the studio years ago the fall leaves were turning. Brilliant reds yellows and oranges were compliments to the deep greens on the unturned leaves. As I was looking at the trees I noticed how the yellow side of one tree overlapped the red – orange side of the adjacent tree. I could see a rough transparency as the trees wove their leaves together. Through their trained eyes Joseph and Anni Albers must have seen this and marveled at the transparent secrets of nature.
I believe one of the reasons his work is more recognized today is the expansion of his “Interaction of Color” course in the colleges and universities throughout the United States and the world. As people understood his work, the appreciation of his work escalated as well as its value.
When looking at an artists work the more information and understanding you can collect about the work the better. If you find a work that interests you, check it out. It may be the art work that not only educates and enriches your life but increases in value throughout the years.