Hans Hofmann, ‘Evening Magic’, Christie's

Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)

Evening Magic

signed and dated 'hans hofmann 65 ' (lower right); signed, titled and dated 'Evening magic 1965 hans hofmann' (on the reverse); stamped with Estate of Hans Hofmann stamp and numbered 'H-1598' (on the stretcher)

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm.)

Painted in 1965.

Signature: signed and dated 'hans hofmann 65 ' (lower right); signed, titled and dated 'Evening magic 1965 hans hofmann' (on the reverse); stamped with Estate of Hans Hofmann stamp and numbered 'H-1598' (on the stretcher)

S. Villiger, ed., Hans Hofmann: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings Vol. III, 1952-1965, London, 2014, p. 464, no. P1575 (illustrated in color).

Estate of the artist (1966-1991)

Mallet Fine Art, New York, 1991

André Emmerich Gallery, New York, 1991

Acquired from the above by 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

2013
Acme Fine Art, 
Boston,
Hans Hofmann: Early Drawings

Group Shows

2018
2016
Nantucket,
Savage Nature: The Importance of Place in Early American Modernism
2016
Acme Fine Art, 
Boston,
2015
Acme Fine Art, 
Boston,
Summer Salon 2015
2014
Acme Fine Art, 
Boston,
SUMMER SALON
2013
Acme Fine Art, 
Boston,
Boston International Fine Art Show
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