Josef Albers Homage to the Square: Silent Hall 1961

  • Not on view

In 1950, while teaching fine arts at Yale University, the German-born Albers began his most extensive and well-known series, Homage to the Square—a rigorously formulaic project comprising more than one hundred paintings and prints and developed over twenty-five years. Albers's practice was shaped by the thirteen years he spent as a student and teacher at the Bauhaus, where color theory was central to the curriculum. He set out to demonstrate that "color is the most relative medium in art, and that we never really see what we see." He applied unmixed oil paint onto Masonite boards in concentric squares, creating color relationships that are, the artist stated, "aimed at an interaction—influencing and changing each other forth and back."

Gallery label from 2011.
Oil on board
40 x 40" (101.8 x 101.8 cm)
Dr. and Mrs. Frank Stanton Fund
Object number
© 2024 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

Installation views

We have identified these works in the following photos from our exhibition history.

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].