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A vertical rectangle is divided into a grid of black and pale tones.

The design is made of bands of similarly sized vertical rectangles. These are solid color blocks that alternate side by side with horizontally striped blocks, all of which are painted in black or pale tones of gray green or yellow water color. There is a narrow margin at all four sides and at lower left a typed label reads, “Anni Albers II.1926 tapestry silk, 48” wide 3ply weave”. At lower right there is a signature in graphite, “A. Albers”.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Anni Albers, American (Berlin 1899 - 1994 Orange, Conn.)
Design for a Silk Tapestry
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper
image: 39.5 x 26 cm (15 9/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
sheet: 47.8 x 31.7 cm (18 13/16 x 12 1/2 in.)
standard frame: 59.1 x 45.1 cm (23 1/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: in graphite at l.r.: A. Albers
  • label: l.l., typewritten: Anni Albers II. 1926 / tapestry / silk, 48" wide/
    3 ply weave
  • (not assigned): on verso, u.r. in black ink: Albers Dessau // Stresemann allee 2

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Anni Albers
© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Nicholas Fox Weber and Martin Filler, Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living, exh. cat., Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Merrell Publishers Ltd. (London and New York, 2004), cat. no. 7, p. 64, color illus.

Exhibition History

  • From Werkbund to Bauhaus: Art and Design in Germany 1900-1934, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1980 - 04/26/1980
  • Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts aus dem Busch-Reisinger Museum, Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 10/23/1982 - 01/16/1983; Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin 30, 02/10/1983 - 04/17/1983; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 05/08/1983 - 06/26/1983
  • The Bauhaus Workshops: 1919-1933, American Craft Museum, New York, 06/29/1994 - 09/12/1994
  • Bauhaus: Dessau-Chicago-New York, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, 08/12/2000 - 11/12/2000
  • Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, 10/01/2004 - 02/27/2005
  • 32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/16/2015 - 02/24/2016
  • The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/08/2019 - 07/28/2019
  • Artisanal Modernism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/28/2023 - 05/07/2023

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Bauhaus

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