One of the most influential art teachers of the first half of the twentieth century, Hans Hofmann came late to the brilliant abstractions that brought him fame as one of the country’s leading modernist painters. He had lived in Paris from 1904 to 1914, knew Picasso, studied alongside Matisse, and saw first-hand the great 1906 Cézanne retrospective. In 1932, Hofmann immigrated to the United States and opened art schools in New York and Provincetown. Students who flocked to his classes were surprised that the renowned modernist set up traditional still lifes and required students to draw from models. But, he said, they needed to understand that modernist concepts of volume and void and the movement of color in space (a concept he called “push and pull”) reflect the way forms function in the natural world.
Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
- Not on view
- 48 x 60 in. (121.8 x 152.4 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
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- oil on canvas
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