In 1925 he was the first Bauhaus student to be asked to teach there and become a "master," becoming one of their best-known artists and instructors. He met and married Annelise Fleischmann there, and they lived alongside Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Oscar Schlemmer. His wife, better known as Anni Albers, was a textile designer, weaver, writer and printmaker.
In 1933 the Bauhaus closed, and the Albers immigrated to the United States, where Josef had been asked to teach at the Black Mountain College near Asheville, North Carolina. They were at Black Mountain until 1949, during which time Josef Albers explored printmaking techniques and abstract painting.
In 1950 Albers became chairman of the Department of Design at Yale University School of Art. While there, he trained a new generation of art teachers. Meanwhile, he wrote about color theory and continued to paint and make prints.
In 1971 he was the first living artist to be honored with a solo retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He died in 1976 and is best known for the Homages to the Square he painted between 1950 and 1976 and for his innovative 1963 publication The Interaction of Color.
All images from albersfoundation.org
|Red and White, 1923 (stained glass window)|
|Stacking tables, 1926|