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  • Provenance

    Prof. Dr. Grote, Munich-Gauting, Germany

  • Exhibited

    “50 Jahure Bauhaus Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart,” 1986

  • Literature

    Bauhaus 1919-1928, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1938, p. 127; 50 Jahre Bauhaus Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, exh. cat., Stuttgart, 1968, illustrated p. 100, no. 245 and 255; Ute Brüning and Peter Lang, Das A und O des Bauhauses, exh. cat., Bauhaus Archiv Museum Berlin, 1995, p. 249 for a similar example of a demounted chair; Nicholas Fox Weber and Martin Filler, Josef and Anni Albers Designs for Living, exh. cat., Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, 2004, pp. 97-98 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    There are four extant examples of this piece: one in The Museum of Modern Art in New York, one in the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, one at the Stiftung Bauhaus in Dessau and the present lot.
    Prof. Dr. Ludwig Grote was the director of the Städtische Galerie in Dessau and a close friend of the Bauhaus.

  • Artist Biography

    Josef Albers

    German-American • 1888 - 1976

    Josef Albers was a German-American artist and educator, best known for his series Homage to the Square. His rigid, geometric works focus on the interplay of color and shape, and Albers is considered one of the fathers of both Minimalism and Conceptual Art. 

    Albers was born in Bottrop, Germany, and relocated to Munich in 1919 to study at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts. Albers began his career as an educator at the famous Bauhaus in 1922, first as a stained glass instructor and then as a full professor in 1925. Working at the Bauhaus brought Albers into contact with many other famous artists of the period, including Kandinsky and Klee. When the Nazis forced the Bauhaus’ closure in 1933, Albers left Germany and settled permanently in the United States. 

    For ten years, Albers (and his wife, fellow artist Anni Albers) taught at Black Mountain College, a progressive school in North Carolina. Between his time there and later at Yale University, Albers taught a number of artists who would later become quite famous, including Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Eva Hesse, Ruth Asawa and Richard Anuszkiewicz.

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Rare armchair, model no. ti 244

ca. 1929
Laminated beech, chrome-plated tubular steel, fabric. With paper label ”50 Jahre Bauhaus Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart” and ”Albers, Josef Sessel Prof. Dr. Grote, Gauting.”
30 1/8 in. (76.5 cm) high

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $96,000

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York