Josef Albers

1888 - 1976

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Josef Albers (; German: [ˈalbɐs]; March 19, 1888 – March 25, 1976) was a German-born American artist and educator who is considered one of the most influential 20th-century art teachers in the United States. Born in 1888 in Bottrop, Westphalia, Germany, into a Roman Catholic family with a background in craftsmanship, Albers received practical training in diverse skills like engraving glass, plumbing, and wiring during his childhood. He later worked as a schoolteacher from 1908 to 1913 and received his first public commission in 1918 and moved to Munich in 1919. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josef Albers has received more than 847,900 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia. Josef Albers is the 23rd most popular artist (up from 24th in 2019), the 865th most popular biography from Germany (down from 685th in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Artist.

Josef Albers is most famous for his work in the field of color theory. He was a German-born American artist and educator who is best known for his work as a pioneer of abstract art.

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Over the past year Josef Albers has had the most page views in the with 87,556 views, followed by German (20,631), and Spanish (14,123). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Japanese (92.73%), Belarusian (67.37%), and Simple English (56.25%)


Among artists, Josef Albers ranks 23 out of 125Before him are El Lissitzky, Luca Signorelli, Marina Abramović, Kurt Schwitters, Adolph Menzel, and Keith Haring. After him are David Hockney, Banksy, Ai Weiwei, Émile Gallé, Edward Burne-Jones, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Among people born in 1888, Josef Albers ranks 43Before him are Katherine Mansfield, Georges Bernanos, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Vladimir K. Zworykin, Ossip Zadkine, and Frances Marion. After him are Ernst Heinkel, Ernst Kretschmer, Carin Göring, August Kubizek, Irving Berlin, and Oskar Schlemmer. Among people deceased in 1976, Josef Albers ranks 41Before him are Émile Benveniste, Anneliese Michel, Tove Ditlevsen, Andrei Grechko, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, and René Cassin. After him are Paul Lazarsfeld, David Elazar, Yonatan Netanyahu, João Goulart, Kazi Nazrul Islam, and George Whipple.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Josef Albers ranks 865 out of 7,253Before him are Nastassja Kinski (1961), Achim von Arnim (1781), Frederica of Baden (1781), Paul Reuter (1816), Louisa Ulrika of Prussia (1720), and Anna Seghers (1900). After him are Carl Spitzweg (1808), Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (1774), Joachim Frederick, Elector of Brandenburg (1546), Felix Wankel (1902), Rudolf Schenker (1948), and Roland Emmerich (1955).

Among ARTISTS In Germany

Among artists born in Germany, Josef Albers ranks 4Before him are Hans Holbein the Younger (1497), Joseph Beuys (1921), and Kurt Schwitters (1887). After him are Ulay (1943), Bernt Notke (1435), Méret Oppenheim (1913), John Heartfield (1891), Marianne Brandt (1893), Gunta Stölzl (1897), and Daniel Hopfer (1470).