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A complex irregular grid of colored lines on paper.

A system of lines intersecting at right angles are drawn in pencil. In the spaces between parallel lines, strips are painted black, gray, cream, red or white, in horizontal or vertical bands which appear to go over and under each other as if woven. The design is surrounded by a wide blank border. Within the border below it, running the width of the design is a single narrow strip of blocks of the same colors. A small typed label at lower left reads, “Anni Albers III.1926 / Design for Jacquard Weaving”.

Identification and Creation

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


Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions

Black ink, transparent and opaque watercolor and graphite on cream wove paper
image: 25.8 x 16.3 cm (10 3/16 x 6 7/16 in.)
sheet: 34.3 x 28.6 cm (13 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.)
standard frame: 49.8 x 39.7 cm (19 5/8 x 15 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: l.l., typed: Anni Albers III.1926 // design for jaquard weaving
  • stamp: l.l., underneath label, embossed stamp: ...RS HAMMER
  • stamp: 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

  • Josef Helfenstein, ed., Josef und Anni Albers : Europa und Amerika, exh. cat., DuMont (Cologne, Germany, 1998), p. 41, cat. no. 14
  • Nicholas Fox Weber and Pandora Tabatabai Asbaghi, Anni Albers, exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY, 1999), no. 10
  • 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. 4, p. 61, 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
  • 20th-Century Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 09/07/1981 - 11/11/1981
  • Art of the Weimar Era, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 04/05/1982 - 05/22/1982
  • Bauhaus Art and Design, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/07/1982 - 10/30/1982
  • The Bauhaus Workshops: 1919-1933, American Craft Museum, New York, 06/29/1994 - 09/12/1994
  • Josef and Anni Albers - Europe and America, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, 11/06/1998 - 01/31/1999
  • Anni Albers, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 03/24/1999 - 05/24/1999
  • 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

Verification Level

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