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1943

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1953

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Hand-woven Sample (USA), ca. 1948

This is a Hand-woven sample. It was designed by Anni Albers and woven by Anni Albers. It is dated ca. 1948 and we acquired it in 1953. Its medium is silk, cotton and its technique is plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

In large doses, complementary colors tend to increase the vividness of each color, but in a small-scale pattern, the complements can neutralize each other. Here, Anni Albers uses orange-red and yellow-green together to create a woven pattern that appears calm at a distance, but pops close-up.

This object was donated by Anni Albers. It is credited Gift of Anni Albers.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Textile
  • Gift of Mrs. Harold H. Fisher.
  • 1957-152-4

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 17.5 x 27 cm (6 7/8 x 10 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Hand-woven Sample (USA), ca. 1948; Designed by Anni Albers (American, b. Germany, 1899–1994); silk, cotton; Warp x Weft: 17.5 x 27 cm (6 7/8 x 10 5/8 in.); Gift of Anni Albers; 1953-180-4

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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