Hans Hartung, ‘Composition’, 1953, Phillips

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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Signature: signed and dated 'Hans Hartung 1953' lower left

Geneva, Musée Rath et Cabinet des Estampes, Art du XXE Siècle - Collections Genevoises, 28 June - 23 September 1973, no. 190

Galerie Beyeler, Basel (acquired in 1961)
Galerie Benador, Geneva
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Hans Hartung

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.

French-German, 1904-1989, Leipzig, Germany, based in France

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Milano,
Hans Hartung, gli anni '60
2015