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Hans Hofmann
Fermented Soil
1965
oil
48 x 60 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



Thickly textured paint—sometimes swept smooth by the palette-knife, sometimes densely clumped—creates a field of browns, golds, and greens. Hofmann works the paint as a creative, fertile medium, like soil being turned.