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Homage to the Square

James C. Harris, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007;64(5):520. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.64.5.520.
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In 1933, the internationally acclaimed Bauhaus closed under threat from the Nazis. Josef Albers (1888-1976), then assistant director, had come there as a student in 1920, rising to the rank of Bauhaus master. The Bauhaus was considered “a germ cell of bolshevism”2(p30) and a source of cultural degeneration by the Nazis. Moreover, even though his wife Anni's family had converted to Christianity3 in the 1880s, their background was Jewish.

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Josef Albers (1888-1976), American. Homage to the Square, 1962. Portfolio of 10 screenprints, composition (.3): 111/16 × 11 in (28.1 × 27.9 cm); sheet: 1615/16 × 16⅞ in (43 × 42.9 cm). Publisher: Ives-Sillman, New Haven, Conn. Printer: R.H. Norton Co, New Haven, Conn. Edition: 244 unsigned; 10-15 signed on title page. 250. Transferred from the Library Collection to the Museum Collection. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?object_id=73229) ©2007 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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