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Joseph Albers

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Every perception of colour is an illusion.. ..we do not see colours as they really are. In our perception they alter one another. (remark around 1949, when he started his ‘Homage to the Square’ series, fh)
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Abstract Art, Anna Moszynska, Thames and Hudson 1990, p. 147

 
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