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Josef Albers

Abstract Art Color Theory

Chelsea Wilson

on 9 September 2014

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Abstract Artist
Who was Josef Albers?
Josef Albers was born in
in 1888.

Before becoming an artist, Josef was an elementary
school teacher.

In 1913 Josef created his first
painting and
mastered the art of

Josef Albers went on to teach at a number of different art colleges throughout
his lifetime and in the process became known as one of the leading teachers
in art and design.

Besides painting and drawing Josef Albers created: furniture design, calligraphy, stained glass, glass paintings and collages.

Using his teachings and his own art practices, Josef Albers played with and enhanced key concepts in
Color Theory
. Color Theory is the foundation of creation for many artists.

In 1963 Josef Albers wrote a book called
Interaction of Color
, which he
dedicated to all his students and which
his artistic ideas.

Josef Albers died in 1976.
What is Color Theory?

Color Theory began to be explored, with written record, in the 1700’s.

Color Theory explains what happens when colors are mixed and expresses the beliefs for the visual impact a specific color combination will have.
A Few Abstract Artists
Josef Albers

Wassily Kandinsky

Piet Mondrian

Jackson Pollock

Mark Rothko
So What is Abstract Art?
Abstract Art tries to show objects and emotions by using shape, line, color, texture and form. It does NOT try to show objects as they appear in real life.

Abstract Art invites the viewer to determine their own meaning.

Abstract Art believes that color and shape can bring forth emotion and even sound.

Some ideas behind color:
Red = power, loudness
Green = peaceful, strong, everlasting
Blue = sorrow/sadness, depth, longing
Yellow = warmth, happiness, excitement
White = silence, purity
Black = endlessness, uneasiness
Words to Create By!
“If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.”

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

“He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an indisputable law.”

-Pablo Picasso
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