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 Josef Albers - “When we are honest - that's my saying - if we are honest then we will reveal ourselves. But we do not have to make an effort to be individualistic, different from others.”
 Josef Albers - “When I came from horizontal vertical straight all old stuff then suddenly I go also again in curved lines. And there I submit to changes in the intensity of my hand leading a tool, you see.”
 Josef Albers - “Traditionally art is to create and not to revive. To revive leave that to the historians, who are looking backward.”
 Josef Albers - “Repeated experiments with adjacent colors will show that any ground subtracts its own hue from the colors which it carries and therefore influences.”
 Josef Albers - “On the little money I had collected I lived in Berlin very cheaply, ate very cheaply. And already in 1920 I saved the first salaries I received to go to Munich.”
 Josef Albers - “It was my family that wanted me to be a teacher. That was safe, you see. To be a painter was terrible.”
 Josef Albers - “In Italy the artist is a god. Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god.”
 Josef Albers - “If you don't do it my way, I suggest you commit suicide.”
 Josef Albers - “I've handled colour as a man should behave. You may conclude that I consider ethics and aesthetics as one.”
 Josef Albers - “I'm not a talker. I'm a formulator.”
 Josef Albers - “I was at the Royal Art School. That was a preparatory school specially for art teachers. You see, it was not so much for the development of artists. But we had there terribly stiff training.”
 Josef Albers - “I think Kandinsky and I were very near friends.”
 Josef Albers - “I prefer to see with closed eyes.”
 Josef Albers - “I have taught my students not to apply rules or mechanical ways of seeing.”
 Josef Albers - “I have invented the Thermometer style.”
 Josef Albers - “Any ground subtracts its own hue from the colors which it carries and therefore influences.”
 Josef Albers - “And I started with this I have not painted at all my childhood. In fact, I never painted. But I helped my father who was a house painter and decorative painter. He made stage sets, he made glass paintings, he made everything.”
 Josef Albers - “I went to the Academy and studied with Stuck who was then a big man. But didn't interest me. I didn't know that before me there was Kandinsky and Klee who had also studied with Stuck. He had a good name at that time.”
 Josef Albers - “I count all the time on resonance. I call on this, you see.”
 Jim Albers - “We had them here two years ago and we had standing room only. They are very exciting and they will touch your heart.”
 Josef Albers - “I was for years in the yellow period, you know.”
 Josef Albers - “Instead of art I have taught philosophy. Though technique for me is a big word, I never have taught how to paint. All my doing was to make people to see.”
 Josef Albers - “When we were in the seminary we got a stipend direct from the government and for that stipend we had an obligation to stick to our teaching job for five years.”
 Josef Albers - “Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature.”
 Josef Albers - “I do not consider self-expression as important. It's not important as a method of teaching. And it's not important as an aim of any art branch.”

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