German, 1888 - 1976
Albers was born on March 19, 1888 in Bottrop, Westphalia. He studied art in Berlin, Essen, and Munich before enrolling as a student at Weimar Bauhaus in 1920. In 1923 he began to teach in the Department of Design and was promoted to Professor in 1925, the same year the Bauhaus moved to Dessau. In 1933 Albers emigrated to the United States and became faculty at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, where he was head of the painting program until 1949. From 1950-1958, he ran the Department of Design at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Albers is most known for his work as an abstract painter who favored an extremely disciplined approach to composition. “Homage to the Square” is a famous series of paintings that he began in 1949. Albers died on March 26, 1976.