Josef Albers (1888-1976) born in Bottrop, Germany, enrolled at the Bauhaus - the recently founded school of art, architecture, and design in Weimar, Germany - in 1920. Placing equal importance on technical and artistic skills, the courses at the Bauhaus centered on the "contrasting effects" of form, texture and, most importantly for Albers, colour. After completing his studies Albers taught at the Bauhaus for eight years until the school closed under pressure from the Nazi Party. He then emigrated to the United States and taught at Black Mountain College, NC, and Yale University, CT.
In 1949, Albers began his celebrated series, "Homage to the Square" which would become a body of more than 1,000 works executed over a period of twenty-five years. Albers' works have been the subject of numerous retrospectives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
In 1976, the Josef Albers Foundation was established and, in 1983, a museum dedicated to the artist opened in Bottrop, Germany.
'I' is a variation on Albers' square series, using many of the same techniques, with use of hard straight line and colour contrast to create depth and movement.
'I' is also very personal, original, and distinctly unique to Albers' oeuvre.