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Josef Albers
March 19, 1888 - March 26, 1976
Nationality: German
Category: Artist
Subcategory: German Artist

And I started with this: I have not painted at all my childhood. In fact, I never painted. But I helped my father who was a house painter and decorative painter. He made stage sets, he made glass paintings, he made everything.


I was for years in the yellow period, you know.


You see, I have in my teaching - I always say I've done it for a hundred years and have had thousands of students - I have always spoken against just falling onto your knees for so-called accidents, I mean a result you are not responsible for.


I prefer to see with closed eyes.


I was at the Royal Art School. That was a preparatory school specially for art teachers. You see, it was not so much for the development of artists. But we had there terribly stiff training.


I've handled colour as a man should behave. You may conclude that I consider ethics and aesthetics as one.


Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature.


The aim of our studies is to prove that color is the most relative means of artistic expression, that we never really perceive what color is physically.


In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is - as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.

    Topics: Art

In Italy the artist is a god. Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god.


Traditionally art is to create and not to revive. To revive: leave that to the historians, who are looking backward.

    Topics: Art

I count all the time on resonance. I call on this, you see.


It was my family that wanted me to be a teacher. That was safe, you see. To be a painter was terrible.


I'm not a talker. I'm a formulator.


Any ground subtracts its own hue from the colors which it carries and therefore influences.


When we were in the seminary we got a stipend direct from the government and for that stipend we had an obligation to stick to our teaching job for five years.


Instead of art I have taught philosophy. Though technique for me is a big word, I never have taught how to paint. All my doing was to make people to see.


I have taught my students not to apply rules or mechanical ways of seeing.


Ah, the creative process is the same secret in science as it is in art. They are all the same absolutely.


My father's parents were carpenters. They were also builders partly. They were painters. And several of them were very, active in the theatre and all such nonsense, you know.


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