Hans Hofmann

Hans Hofmann


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Weissenberg (Dresden district, Saxony, Germany)

Hans Hofmann was born Johann Georg Albert Hofmann in Weissenberg, Bavaria in 1880. Although his family had hopes that he would develop a career in science, he pursued his passion and enrolled in Moritz Heymann’s art school in Munich when he turned eighteen years-old. With the help of a patron, he was able move to Paris in 1904, where he studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiére and the Académie Colarossi. Hofmann lived in Paris until 1914, immersing himself in the various avant-garde movements, being exposed to Cubist and Fauvist artists such as Picasso, Braque, and Delauney. He was largely influenced by their practice of exploring pure color for its own sake. As the only New York School painter directly involved in the European modernist movement in the early twentieth century, he was a powerful influence on young American artists and helped paved the development of Abstract Expressionism. Throughout the course of his career he experimented with various styles, including the technique of dripping and pouring paint, which later became highly associated with Jackson Pollock. He strongly believed that the basis of abstraction existed purely in nature, straying away from imitation of nature’s appearance and focusing instead on revealing the artistic experience through the power of color. He saw the surface of the canvas as being alive, active, and responsive, introducing his famous “push and pull” theory, in which the limits of linear perspective are challenged by creating new dynamics of space, where forms and colors seem to recede and advance simultaneously. Hofmann started his own art school in Munich in 1915, and in 1934 he founded the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in New York. He developed a large reputation as a teacher, arguably more-so than as an artist, with his pupils including Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, and Larry Rivers. In order to devote the rest of his life to his own painting, he closed down both schools in 1958. It was not until he was 64 years-old that Peggy Guggenheim organized his first exhibition at the Art of This Century Gallery in New York. Hofmann passed away in New York City in 1966, but after teaching hundreds of students in his lifetime, Hofmann and his creative influence will forever thrive.


Hans Hofmann Original Art Values Sold at Auction

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HANS HOFMANN (American, 1880-1966) Red Sun, 1949 Oil on canvas 24-1/8 x 29-3/4 inches (61.2 x 75.4 cm) Signed and da
HANS HOFMANN (American, 1880-1966)Red Sun, 1949Oil on canvas24-1/8 x 29-3/4 inches (61.2 x 75.4 cm)Signed and da...
Lot 68109
Auction 5198
Monday, November 17, 2014
Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) The Heinzelman, 1946 Oil on plywood 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm) Signed and dated lower
Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)The Heinzelman, 1946Oil on plywood20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)Signed and dated lower ...
Lot 77022
Auction 5300
Monday, May 22, 2017
Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) Pink Phantasie, 1950 Oil on panel 14-1/4 x 20-1/4 inches (36.2 x 51.4 cm) Signed lower righ
Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)Pink Phantasie, 1950Oil on panel14-1/4 x 20-1/4 inches (36.2 x 51.4 cm)Signed lower righ...
Lot 77023
Auction 5300
Monday, May 22, 2017
Hans Hofmann (American, 1880-1966) Untitled, 1962 Gouache and oil on paper laid on canvas 23-3/4 x 18 inches (60.3 x
Hans Hofmann (American, 1880-1966)Untitled, 1962Gouache and oil on paper laid on canvas23-3/4 x 18 inches (60.3 x ...
Lot 77028
Auction 5300
Monday, May 22, 2017
Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) The Artist 7, 1946 Oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)The Artist 7, 1946Oil on canvas18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)...
Lot 66028
Auction 5274
Friday, November 11, 2016

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Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) Holocaust, 1953 Oil on panel 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm) Signed and dated on the revers...
Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) Holocaust, 1953 Oil on panel 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm) Signed and dated on the revers... (1)

Auction 5357
Thursday, May 24, 2018

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