St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota

Studies of Light

Josef Albers and the White Cross Window

Josef Albers exploration in the medium of glass began early in his artistic career while a student at the Bauhaus in the early 1920s. His early collage works from this period comprised jagged and broken glass pieces affixed without leading, leaving the purity of the material and construction as dominate statements. The “glass paintings” he produced were unlike the works of his contemporary students and contrary to ideologies of some the Bauhaus teachers at the time. Albers was unceasing in his commitment to his glass work and his persistence was rewarded in 1925 when he was asked to run the glass workshop at the Bauhaus.

In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually.

Josef Albers