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Hans Hofmann

German/American 1880-1966 

Hans Hofmann was born in Germany. He studied in Munich, and in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and Académie Colarossi where he was heavily influenced by the Paris avant-garde and Cubism. He returned to Germany at the outbreak of World War I and established an art school. He developed a reputation as a forward-thinker and in 1930 was invited to teach in the United States. The second half of his career was spent working and teaching in New York and Provincetown, where he became renowned as an important American modern artist and played a central role in the development of Abstract Expressionism. He closed his art school in 1956 and spent the next decade creating colourfilled canvases, influenced by many of the
most important artists of the twentieth century including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock amongst others.

Hofmann’s works can be found in most of the major public collections in the United States of America, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and in Europe at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, the Tate Gallery and the Museu d’Art Contemporani.

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Hans Hofmann; Untitled
25 Oct 2023