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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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Making Modern: Hofmann and the Next Generation, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston
2016
Hans Hofmann, The Summer Studio, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York
2013
Hans Hofmann, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York
2013
Hans Hofmann: Early Drawings, Acme Fine Art, Boston

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Hans Hofmann, The Summer Studio, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York
2013
Hans Hofmann, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York
2013
Hans Hofmann: Early Drawings, Acme Fine Art, Boston

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Making Modern: Hofmann and the Next Generation, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston
2016
SUMMER SALON 2016, Acme Fine Art, Boston
2016
Under Glass: Masterworks on Paper, Peyton Wright, Santa Fe
2016
American & European Masters, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville
2015
American & European Masters, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville
2015
BLACK + BLUE, KM Fine Arts, Chicago
2014
American Masters - Art of the 19th - 21st Centuries, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville
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