From 1908 to 1920, Albers studied painting and printmaking in Berlin, Essen, and Munich and taught elementary school in his native town of Bottrop. In 1920, he enrolled at the newly formed Bauhaus, which was to become the most important design school in Germany.
His most important creations of that period included colored glass, as well as examples of furniture design, metalwork, and typography. After 1925, when he became a “master” at the Bauhaus, Albers explored a style of painting characterized by the reiteration of abstract rectilinear patterns and the use of primary colors along with white and black.
In his series of engravings on plastic Transformations of a Scheme (1948–52) and the series of drawings Structural Constellations (1953–58), he created complex linear designs, each subject to many possible spatial interpretations. His best-known series of paintings, Homage to the Square (begun in 1950 and continued until his death), restricts its repertory of forms to perception. After moving to the United States, Albers concentrated on several series of works that systematically explored the effects of colored squares superimposed onto each other.
The arrangement of these squares is carefully calculated so that the color of each square optically alters the sizes, hues, and spatial relationships of the others. These works were exhibited worldwide and formed the basis of the first solo exhibition given to a living artist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, in 1971. - Brittanica