FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Hans Hofmann (March 21, 1880 – February 17, 1966) was a German-born American painter, renowned as both an
artist and teacher. His career spanned two generations and two continents, and is considered to have both preceded
and influenced Abstract Expressionism. Born and educated near Munich, he was active in the early
twentieth-century European avant-garde and brought a deep understanding and synthesis of Symbolism,
Neo-impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism when he emigrated to the United States in 1932. Hofmann's painting is
characterized by its rigorous concern with pictorial structure and unity, spatial illusionism, and use of bold color for
expressive means. The influential critic Clement Greenberg considered Hofmann's first New York solo show at Peggy
Guggenheim’s Art of This Century in 1944 (along with Jackson Pollock’s in late 1943) as a breakthrough in painterly
versus geometric abstraction that heralded abstract expressionism. In the decade that followed, Hofmann's
recognition grew through numerous exhibitions, notably at the Kootz Gallery, culminating in major retrospectives
at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1957) and Museum of Modern Art (1963), which traveled to venues
throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. His works are in the permanent collections of major
museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, Germanisches
Nationalmuseum, National Gallery of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago.
Title: "Composition in Blue"
*Pencil Signed LR *Very Rare
Medium: Original Screenprint with
Extensive Hand-Painted Gouache Additions
Limited edition: 78/120
Sheet size: 18.5" x 14.5"
Image size: 17" x 14"