Hans Hofmann  

Drawings 1934-1951
(1880 – 1966)

This exhibition features drawings on paper by Hans Hofmann, one of the most important figures in the history of postwar American art.  Born in Germany in 1880, the artist and teacher played an important role in the development of Abstract Expressionist painting.  A number of his drawings from the late 1940s prefigure the 1960s movement known as Color Field painting.

Hofmann studied in Munich and moved to Paris to study art, where Henri Matisse was a classmate.  There he became exposed to avant-garde artists of the day including Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Fernand Léger.  In 1915, he returned to Munich and founded an art school respected throughout Europe.  Hofmann moved to the United States in 1930, first teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, and, in 1932, began teaching at the Art Students League in New York City.  He subsequently opened his own school in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  His students included many artists who later became internationally-known such as Helen Frankenthaler, Red Grooms, Alfred Jensen, Allan Kaprow, Lee Krasner and Louise Nevelson.

Always a prolific and respected artist, Hofmann ended his teaching career in 1958, at the age of 78, to devote himself full-time to painting.  His paintings and drawings may be found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York City; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate Gallery, London;  Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

 

Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg
Untitled, circa 1935
India ink on paper
HH-Estate # M-0933/369
11 x 8.5 inches
Framed: 17 x 19.5 inches
Figur 1 (sic), 1951
Oil on paper
HH-Estate # M-0222
29 x 23 inches
Framed: 37.25 x 31.5 inches
Untitled, circa 1934
Ink on paper
HH-Estate # M-5004/09
8.5 x 11 inches
Framed: 17 x 19.5 inches
Untitled, 1941
Gouache on paper
HH-Estate # M-0449/5
8.5 x 11 inches
Framed: 20 x 18.25 inches
Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg
Untitled, circa 1949
Gouache on paper
HH-Estate # M-0449/12
9.875 x 11.5 inches
Framed: 18.25 x 19.75 inches
Untitled, 1949
Gouache on paper
HH-Estate # M-0449/4
10 x 11.75 inches
Framed: 18.25 x 20 inches
Untitled, 1949
Gouache on paper
HH-Estate # M-0449/13
11.75 x 10 inches
Framed: 18 x 16 inches

Untitled, 1946
Ink on paper
HH-Estate # M-0508/03
24 x 18 inches
Framed: 32.5 x 26.5 inches

Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg
Untitled, 1946
Ink on paper
HH-Estate # M-0721/02
24 x 19 inches
Framed: 32.5 x 26.5 inches
Untitled, 1945
Gouache on paper
HH-Estate # M-0644/12
17.5 x 24 inches
Framed: 32.25 x 26 inches
Untitled, 1944
Ink and gouache on paper
HH-Estate # C-0208
17 x 14 inches
Framed: 25 x 22 inches
Untitled, circa 1950
Ink and crayon on paper
HH-Estate # M-0436/07
11 x 8.5 inches
Framed: 19.25 x 16.75 inches
Claes Oldenburg Claes Oldenburg    
Untitled, circa 1949
Crayon and ink on paper
HH-Estate # M-0434/07
14 x 17 inches
Framed: 22.25 x 25 inches
Untitled, 1945
Gouache on paper
HH-Estate # M-0644/10
18.5 x 23.75 inches
Framed:  26.25 x 32.25 inches