Decorating the White House with Smithsonian Art
Continuing a Washington tradition, the Obamas selected artwork from the Smithsonian collections to hang in their historic home
- By Abby Callard
- Smithsonian.com, August 04, 2009
(Josef Albers / Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden)
Oil on fiberboard
Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Josef Albers, a German-born artist who moved to the United States to flee the Nazis, taught at the famous Bauhaus school in Germany and was interested in color theory. “Around 1950, he developed this color theory in which he used three colors in the same composition over and over again,” Brougher says, adding that Albers pursued the idea until his death in 1976.