Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square; R-I c5, 1968. Image and original data provided by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, © 2008 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT/Artists Rights Society, NY. Photograph by Tim Nighswander.

Artstor has partnered with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation to share 2,100 images of works by Josef and Anni Albers, and photographs taken by Josef Albers. The collection includes more than 300 paintings and studies by Josef Albers, particularly his famous Homage to the Square series, as well nearly 900 drawings, prints, and other works on paper. There are also 350 examples of drawings, prints, and textiles by Anni Albers. In addition, the Foundation has selected 550 personal photographs and photo collages relating to both artists, and their families and friends, which include such well-known 20th-century artists as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Diego Rivera. Of note are the travel photographs taken during the couple's journeys to Mexico and Latin America between 1934 and 1967, which deeply influenced their respective work and inspired them to collect Pre-Columbian art and textiles. Together, these materials represent a substantial body of works by Josef and Anni Albers, as well as archival documentation of the personal relationships and experiences that influenced their artistic legacy.

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation was established as a nonprofit organization in 1971. Located in Bethany, Connecticut, the Foundation is devoted to preserving and promoting the legacy of Josef Albers (1888 — 1976) and Anni Albers (1899 — 1994), both renowned educators, artists, and designers, as well as the aesthetic and philosophical principles by which they lived. It maintains a collection of work by both artists, as well as a library and archives to support the study of their life and work. The Foundation provided both images and cataloging information for the works and photographs displayed in the Digital Library.