linoleum cut, 1944, signed in pencil, dated, titled, annotated, and inscribed "To Si [Sillman] - January '49 A." (see note below), one of seven proofs before the edition of 30, printed at Biltmore Press, Asheville, NC, on wove paper, adhered to a card backing board with a Sidney Janis Gallery label on the reverse, old glue and paper remains in the margins stretching to within about 1/2" of the image, otherwise in very good condition
image 10 x 12 1/4 inches
sheet 12 1/2 x 16 inches
reference: Danilowitz 113
Josef Albers resigned from Black Mountain College in Asheville, NC, in May 1949, and so it is likely that this work was a parting gift from him to his student, Si Sillman, at that time. In late 1950 Albers accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Design at Yale University, and in the same year invited Sillman to enroll at Yale and become his teaching assistant there.
Albers first exhibited with Sidney Janis Gallery in January 1949 (concurrently with a show at Charles Egan Gallery), and continued to exhibit regularly with Sidney Janis thereafter.