JOSEF ALBERS: HIS PAINTINGS, THEIR MATERIALS, TECHNIQUE, AND TREATMENT
Patricia Sherwin Garland
ABSTRACT—Josef Albers is best known for his theories of color perception. He expressed his heartfelt commitment to color, as a primary element, in his paintings.His techniques and materials helped him achieve his pure, even, luminous surfaces. From the application of color directly from the tube onto the white ground, alla prima, to his use of a palette knife on his wood fibre-board panels, each step in the completion of his works was extremely deliberate and meticulous.Problems arise when one attempts to treat Josef Albers paintings. Some of the common problems this conservator has encountered when treating them are discussed, such as friable, discolored and/or transparent paint films, varnishing questions and ethics of inpainting.
2. MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES