Hans Hofmann, ‘Untitled’, 1941, Sotheby's

Executed in 1941, this work is stamped by the Estate of Hans Hofmann and numbered 440/50 on the backing board.

Signature: signed and dated 12 41

André Emmerich Gallery, Inc., New York
Private Collection, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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

2017
Santa Fe,
Selections of Modern, Postwar and Contemporary Art
2017
Chowaiki & Co., 
New York,
Hofmann and Francis: Abstract Expressionism Across Generations
2016
Acme Fine Art, 
Boston,
2015
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