Hans Hofmann, ‘Auxerre’, Christie's

Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)


signed and dated 'hans hofmann 60' (lower right)

oil on canvas

60 x 52 in. (152.4 x 132.1 cm.)

Painted in 1960.

Signature: signed and dated 'hans hofmann 60' (lower right)

New York, Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, Hans Hofmann, March 1961.

Nuremberg, Fränkische Galerie am Marientor; Cologne, Kölnischer Kunstverein; Berlin, Kongreßhalle and Munich, Städtische Galerie München Lenbachpalais, Hans Hofmann, April 1962-January 1963, no. 71.

City Art Museum of Saint Louis, 200 Years of American Painting, April-May 1964, p. 58 (illustrated).

Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Smithsonian Institution and Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Hans Hofmann: A Retrospective Exhibition, October 1976-April 1977, p. 84, no. 44 (illustrated).

Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase, and Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum, The Window in Twentieth-Century Art, September 1986-June 1987, p. 89 (illustrated in color).

C. Burrows, "Hofmann Event," New York Herald Tribune, 12 March 1961, p. 19 (illustrated).

I. Sandler, "Reviews and Previews," _ARTnews,_60, no. 2, April 1961, p. 10.

W.F., "Bis an die Grenze der Willkür- Ausstellung Hans Hofmann," Die Welt, 20 June 1962.

K. Kuh, The Artist's Voice: Talks with Seventeen Artists, New York, 1962, p. 127, pl. 57.

S. Hunter, Hans Hofmann, New York, 1963, pl. 121 (illustrated).

E. Epstein, "Art Collection Inspires Wardrobe Colors,"_The Sunday Star,_17 October 1965, p. H (installation view illustrated in color).

"Hans Hofmann Retrospective at the Hirshhorn," The Smithsonian Torch, no. 76-10, November 1976, p. 6 (illustrated).

L. Carley, "The Neuberger Review," _The LOAD,_1 October 1986, p. 9.

Hans Hofmann: Magnum Opus, exh. cat., Kaiserslautern, MPK Museum Pfalzgalerie, 2013, pp. 139-140.

S. Villiger, ed., Hans Hofmann: Catalogue Raisonne´ of Paintings, Vol III (1952-1965), Farnham, 2014, p. 281, cat. no. P1280 (illustrated in color).

Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, New York

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ault, New Canaan, Connecticut

Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, New York

Collection of Robert and Mercedes Eichholz, 1965

By descent to the present owner

About Hans Hofmann

Hans Hofmann began painting in Paris, where he worked alongside such titans of European Modernism as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, and Henri Matisse. His best-known early paintings combine Cubist structure with Fauvist color, as in Untitled (1943). Although he would eventually be considered one of the preeminent Abstract Expressionists, having relocated to New York in 1932, Hofmann’s primary interest was in pictorial phenomena: the illusion of three-dimensional space, composition, and the optical effects of color. “It is not the form that dictates color, but the color that brings out the form,” he once said. In the 1950s, Hofmann made his most famous series of paintings, in which he explored the relativity of color, developing his “push-pull” theory and technique by which warm and cool colors interact to produce effects of movement, space, and depth. Perhaps even more influential as a teacher than as an artist, Hofmann counted Helen Frankenthaler, Alfred Jensen, Joan Mitchell, Wolf Kahn, Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, and Frank Stella among his many students.

German-American, 1880-1966, Weissenberg, Germany, based in Munich, Germany, New York, and Provincetown, Massachusetts

Solo Shows

Acme Fine Art, 
Hans Hofmann: Early Drawings

Group Shows

Savage Nature: The Importance of Place in Early American Modernism
Acme Fine Art, 
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Summer Salon 2015
Acme Fine Art, 
Acme Fine Art, 
Boston International Fine Art Show
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