Hans Hofmann, ‘Untitled  (Estate Authenticated)’, 1954, Alpha 137 Gallery
Hans Hofmann, ‘Untitled  (Estate Authenticated)’, 1954, Alpha 137 Gallery
Hans Hofmann, ‘Untitled  (Estate Authenticated)’, 1954, Alpha 137 Gallery
Hans Hofmann, ‘Untitled  (Estate Authenticated)’, 1954, Alpha 137 Gallery
Hans Hofmann, ‘Untitled  (Estate Authenticated)’, 1954, Alpha 137 Gallery
Hans Hofmann, ‘Untitled  (Estate Authenticated)’, 1954, Alpha 137 Gallery

This hand signed and dated bright, poignant unique painting on paper is by legendary Ab Ex artist Hans Hofmann – one of the most influential artists and teachers of the 20th century. It was created during the height of the Abstract Expressionist movement - the 1950s - representing the style for which the artist was best known. Hans Hofmann left Germany for the United States in 1930, bringing with him a deep knowledge of French art as well as European modernist styles and ideas. Hofmann taught several generations of New York School artists, with an impressive list of students including Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Wolf Kahn, Louise Nevelson, Red Grooms, and Frank Stella. Art historian Clement Greenberg called Hans Hofmann “in all probability the most important art teacher of our time.” Although his work represented a fusion of various modes, Hofmann was best known his contribution to Abstract Expressionism, both intellectually and artistically. He was an early provocateur for the Abstract Expressionist movement, and his works are celebrated for their buoyant color and loose, gestural structure
Interestingly, there are many works on paper by Hofmann from the 1940s on the market -- but few like this, from the mid 1950s, making this piece especially uncommon. On the back of the frame is the original label from the Andre Emmerich Gallery, who represented the artist for decades. This work also bears the official stamp from the Estate of Hans Hofmann, with the Estate inventory number.
The buyer of this work will also receive a copy of an email from the Collections Manager of the Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, who wrote, "This looks like a wonderful painting on paper and I thank you for sending it to our attention." (Hofmann's primary dealer is also carbon copied on the email.)

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Signature: Signed and dated lower right; Andre Emmerich Gallery label with Estate inventory number affixed to frame verso; stamped on frame verso with Estate of Hans Hofmann stamp with Estate inventory number.

Andre Emmerich Gallery label verso along with Estate of Hans Hofmann inventory number and authentication.

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