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Art and Images in Psychiatry
May 2007

Homage to the Square

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JAMES CHARRISMD

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007;64(5):520. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.64.5.520

And my objective? Perception of the logic and magic of color . . . there is no end with color.—Josef Albers1(p463)

In 1933, the internationally acclaimed Bauhaus closed under threat from the Nazis. Josef Albers (1888-1976), then assistant director, had come there as a student in 1920, rising to the rank of Bauhaus master. The Bauhaus was considered “a germ cell of bolshevism”2(p30) and a source of cultural degeneration by the Nazis. Moreover, even though his wife Anni's family had converted to Christianity3 in the 1880s, their background was Jewish.

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