Each initialled, inscribed Bon à tirer and annotated with instructions to the printer in pencil verso, a group of working proofs, printed by Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, before the positive version (with white background) were published by the artist in an edition of forty, the full sheets, with deckle edges at left and right, in very good condition, framed.
Plate, Sheet 750 x 1060 mm. (and similar)
From the Catalogue:
The present, negative versions printed in relief with a solid black plate tone were never published.
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Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona.
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