Shards in a Picture Grid

Josef Albers, 1921

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Scherben im Gitterbild, Autor: Josef Albers, 1921.

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Josef Albers, who was a practising Catholic, had a fondness for the symbolism of glass as a work material. The stained glass window "Scherben im Gitterbild" (Shards in a Picture Grid) was made in 1921 when Albers was a student in the glass painting workshop, of which he later became director at the behest of Walter Gropius. This work was a prototype for the glass windows that Albers went on to make, for instance for the Sommerfeld House.


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  2. Danilowitz, Brenda (2009): „Tatsächlich reizvoll, wenn auch etwas brutal.“ Josef Albers‘ Gitterbild, in: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin/Museum für Gestaltung, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau und Klassik Stiftung Weimar: Modell Bauhaus, Ostfildern, S. 93ff.
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