Josef Albers

Josef Albers

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Author Profession: German Artist
Born: March 19, 1888
Died: March 26, 1976
Birth Sign: Pisces

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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.

When we are honest - that's my saying - if we are honest then we will reveal ourselves. But we do not have to make an effort to be individualistic, different from others.

Apprentice is the beginner - the first years you work in a craft in the European sense you are an apprentice. That takes 3 or 4 years. Then you are a journeyman. You can go from one master to another and learn other tricks and other secrets.

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

Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature.

I prefer to see with closed eyes.

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

It is not so for art in appreciation because art is concerned with human behavior. And science is concerned with the behavior of metal or energy. It depends on what the fashion is. Now today it's energy. It's the same soul behind it. The same soul, you see.

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

As basic rules of a language must be practiced continually, and therefore are never fixed, so exercises toward distinct color effects never are done or over. New and different cases will be discovered time and again.

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

If you don't do it my way, I suggest you commit suicide.

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

I have invented the Thermometer style.

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

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

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

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

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. Agatha Christie

Most people have a blank slate and can start from nothing. But for me, I had to break a bad habit that I've been doing all of my life, which is freestyle hip-hop. Roshon Fegan

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