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Hans Hofmann

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1941

Gouache on paper

14h x 17w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1941

Gouache on paper

14h x 17w in

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Hans Hofmann

Pink and Blue, 1944

Watercolor on paperboard mounted on panel

22h x 25 3/4w in

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Hans Hofmann

Still Life, 1944

Watercolor on paper

24h x 19w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

crayon on paper

24h x 19w in

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Hans Hofmann

La Revision, 1946

Oil on panel

42 1/2h x 32 1/2w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

Ink and Gouache on paper

17h x 14w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

Crayon and gouache on paper

17h x 14w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

Ink and color crayon on paper

24h x 19w in

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Hans Hofmann

Blue, Red Composition, 1945

Mixed media on board

21 1/2h x 25 1/2w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

Ink and Gouache on paper

17h x 14w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

Crayon and ink on paper

24h x 18w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

Crayon, watercolor, gouache and ink on paper

24h x 19w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

Watercolor and gouache on paper

22 1/2h x 28 1/2w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

Ink and crayon on paper

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

crayon on paper

22 1/2h x 28 1/2w in

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Hans Hofmann

Composition, 1946

Casein on paper

25 3/4h x 22w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1950

Crayon and ink on paper

11h x 8 1/2w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Oil on paper

14h x 11w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Oil on paper

16h x 12w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Oil and gouache on paper

16h x 12w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Gouache on paper

16h x 12w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Crayon and ink on paper

24h x 19w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1946

Gouache on paper

28 3/4h x 23 1/4w in

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1937

Oil and casein on panel

35h x 25w in

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HANS HOFMANN Blue, Red Composition, 1945 Mixed media on board, 21 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches, 54.6 x 64.8 cm Signed and dated (lower right recto) (MMG#2345)

Hans Hofmann
Blue, Red Composition, 1945
Mixed media on board, 21 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches, 54.6 x 64.8 cm
Signed and dated (lower right recto)

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Hans Hofmann
Composition, c. 1946
Casein on paper, 25 3/4 x 22 inches, 65.4 x 55.9 cm

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Hans Hofmann
Pink and Blue, 1944
Watercolor on paperboard mounted on panel, 22 x 25 3/4 inches, 55.9 x 65.4 cm

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Hans Hofmann
Still Life, 1944
Watercolor on paper, 24 x 19 inches, 61 x 48.3 cm
Signed and dated (lower right recto)

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Hans Hofmann
Untitled, 1944
Ink and crayon on paper, 24 x 19 inches, 61 x 48.3 cm
Initialed and dated (lower left recto)

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Hans Hofmann
Untitled, 1944
Ink and crayon on paper, 24 x 19 inches, 61 x 48.3 cm
Initialed and dated (lower right recto)

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Hans Hofmann
Untitled, c. 1945
Watercolor and gouache on paper, 22 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches, 57.2 x 72.4 cm

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Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1941

Gouache on paper

14h x 17w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1941

Gouache on paper

14h x 17w in

Hans Hofmann

Pink and Blue, 1944

Watercolor on paperboard mounted on panel

22h x 25 3/4w in

Hans Hofmann

Still Life, 1944

Watercolor on paper

24h x 19w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

crayon on paper

24h x 19w in

Hans Hofmann

La Revision, 1946

Oil on panel

42 1/2h x 32 1/2w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

Ink and Gouache on paper

17h x 14w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

Crayon and gouache on paper

17h x 14w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

Ink and color crayon on paper

24h x 19w in

Hans Hofmann

Blue, Red Composition, 1945

Mixed media on board

21 1/2h x 25 1/2w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

Ink and Gouache on paper

17h x 14w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

Crayon and ink on paper

24h x 18w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1944

Crayon, watercolor, gouache and ink on paper

24h x 19w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

Watercolor and gouache on paper

22 1/2h x 28 1/2w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

Ink and crayon on paper

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1945

crayon on paper

22 1/2h x 28 1/2w in

Hans Hofmann

Composition, 1946

Casein on paper

25 3/4h x 22w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1950

Crayon and ink on paper

11h x 8 1/2w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Oil on paper

14h x 11w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Oil on paper

16h x 12w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Oil and gouache on paper

16h x 12w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Gouache on paper

16h x 12w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1954

Crayon and ink on paper

24h x 19w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1946

Gouache on paper

28 3/4h x 23 1/4w in

Hans Hofmann

Untitled, 1937

Oil and casein on panel

35h x 25w in

HANS HOFMANN Blue, Red Composition, 1945 Mixed media on board, 21 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches, 54.6 x 64.8 cm Signed and dated (lower right recto) (MMG#2345)

Hans Hofmann
Blue, Red Composition, 1945
Mixed media on board, 21 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches, 54.6 x 64.8 cm
Signed and dated (lower right recto)

Hans Hofmann
Composition, c. 1946
Casein on paper, 25 3/4 x 22 inches, 65.4 x 55.9 cm

Hans Hofmann
Pink and Blue, 1944
Watercolor on paperboard mounted on panel, 22 x 25 3/4 inches, 55.9 x 65.4 cm

Hans Hofmann
Still Life, 1944
Watercolor on paper, 24 x 19 inches, 61 x 48.3 cm
Signed and dated (lower right recto)

Hans Hofmann
Untitled, 1944
Ink and crayon on paper, 24 x 19 inches, 61 x 48.3 cm
Initialed and dated (lower left recto)

Hans Hofmann
Untitled, 1944
Ink and crayon on paper, 24 x 19 inches, 61 x 48.3 cm
Initialed and dated (lower right recto)

Hans Hofmann
Untitled, c. 1945
Watercolor and gouache on paper, 22 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches, 57.2 x 72.4 cm

Biography

Hans Hofmann

Biography

HANS HOFMANN was born in Weissenburg in Bavaria, Germany in 1880. He began his education in art in Munich and later moved to Paris in 1904. While in Paris, Hofmann frequented the Café du Dome where he met the many artists, dealers, and intellectuals who gathered there. It was also during this time that Hofmann took drawing classes at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi, and was introduced to Matisse, Picasso, and Braque. While on a visit home to Germany in 1914, the outbreak of World War I prevented Hofmann from returning to Paris, so in 1915 he opened his own art school in Munich, which quickly garnered an international reputation of excellence. In 1930, Hofmann traveled to the United States, and from 1930 to 1932 he was invited to teach at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles.

In 1932, Hofmann moved to New York. He taught a drawing class at the Art Students League and in 1934—shortly after closing his school in Munich—he opened the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in New York. In 1935, Hofmann’s School additionally began to hold summer classes in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Hofmann became well known not only as an important artist of the time but also as an admired teacher—Helen Frankenthaler, Allan Kaprow, Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, Joan Mitchell, and Wolf Kahn were amongst his students. 

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Hans Hofmann painting in the dunes

1944 was a significant year for Hofmann as he was featured in four group exhibitions and notably had his first solo exhibitionin New York at Peggy Guggenheim’s renowned Art of This Century Gallery.

Although considered one of the leading Abstract Expressionist artists in New York during the period, unlike his American counterparts, Hofmann had spent his formative years in Paris, taking in elements of Cubism and Fauvism directly from the sources of European Modernism. Hofmann’s paintings are celebrated for their utilization of color relationships to create spatial effect as well as their compositional structure and theories of “push/pull,” which have had a lasting impact on modern artists.

Hans Hofmann never shied away from challenge and instead embraced it head-on, a trait that gives his paintings an air of life and enthusiasm that is palpable even over half a century after the artist’s death. When describing his process Hofmann said, “I do not want to avoid immersing myself in trouble–to be in a mess–to struggle out of it. I want to invent, to discover, to imagine, to speculate, to improvise–to seize the hazardous in order to be inspired. I want to experience the manifestation of the absolute–the manifestation of the unexpected in an extreme and unique relation. I know that only by following my creative instincts–in an act of creative destruction–will I be able to end it.”

During his lifetime, Hofmann’s work was the subject of exhibitions at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco (1931); the Art of This Century Gallery, New York, NY (1944); the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (1948); Whitney Museum of American Art (1957); the XXX Venice Biennale (1960); and The Museum of Modern Art (1963).

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