FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
*Signed and dated LR
Medium: Original Oil on Canvas
Framed size: XX" x XX"
Canvas size: XX" x XX"
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.
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