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Hans Hartung

Composition, 1953

Oil, gouache and pastel on paper
18 7/10 × 25 1/2 in
47.4 × 64.8 cm
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This work is registered in the Hartung Bergman Foundation archives and it will be included in the …

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This work is registered in the Hartung Bergman Foundation archives and it will be included in the forthcoming Hans Hartung Catalogue Raisonné.
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Signed and dated 'Hans Hartung 1953' lower left
Hans Hartung
French-German, 1904–1989
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Hans Hartung is associated with post-war Art Informel artists such as Karel Appel, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Jean Dubuffet. After being a prisoner of war and losing a leg as a soldier with the Foreign Legion (between 1939 and 1945), Hartung returned to Paris, where he became particularly interested in spontaneity, irrationality, and freedom of form. Rather than trying to control the process as earlier abstract painters had, Hartung applied paint with garden rakes, spray paint, and olive branches, embracing accidental and unexpected outcomes. "In my opinion the painting which is called abstract is none of the 'Isms' of which there have been so many lately," he said. "It is neither a 'style' nor an 'epoch' in art history, but merely a new means of expression, a different human language—one which is more direct than that of earlier painting." Notable influences include Emil Nolde, Oskar Kokoschka, and other German expressionists.

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About the work
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This work is registered in the Hartung Bergman Foundation archives and it will be included in the …

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This work is registered in the Hartung Bergman Foundation archives and it will be included in the forthcoming Hans Hartung Catalogue Raisonné.
Property Subject to the Artist's Resale Right (see Conditions of Sale for further information)
Property Subject to VAT Section 4 (5%; see Conditions of Sale for further …

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Signature
Signed and dated 'Hans Hartung 1953' lower left
Hans Hartung
French-German, 1904–1989
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Hans Hartung is associated with post-war Art Informel artists such as Karel Appel, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Jean Dubuffet. After being a prisoner of war and losing a leg as a soldier with the Foreign Legion (between 1939 and 1945), Hartung returned to Paris, where he became particularly interested in spontaneity, irrationality, and freedom of form. Rather than trying to control the process as earlier abstract painters had, Hartung applied paint with garden rakes, spray paint, and olive branches, embracing accidental and unexpected outcomes. "In my opinion the painting which is called abstract is none of the 'Isms' of which there have been so many lately," he said. "It is neither a 'style' nor an 'epoch' in art history, but merely a new means of expression, a different human language—one which is more direct than that of earlier painting." Notable influences include Emil Nolde, Oskar Kokoschka, and other German expressionists.

Hans Hartung

Composition, 1953

Oil, gouache and pastel on paper
18 7/10 × 25 1/2 in
47.4 × 64.8 cm
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