Title
Monte Alban
Subject
Artistic representation of Monte Alban
Description
The artist created this weaving in 1936, one year after she first visited the archaeological site of Monte Alban, which is located in the present-day southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The lines, formed by a type of weaving called supplemental (or floating) weft, suggests both the ancient Zapotec architecture that still exists at the site and the mountainous landscape of the region. The design is more conceptual than representational. It conveys flat, two-dimensional space. It is composed of gridded shapes and linear elements. These elements work together to create harmony and unity. The color palette of the textile is primarily blue and gray earthtones. Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums
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2008 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society
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Monte Alban grid landscape harmony