Saturday, December 17, 2005

Hans Hoffman

"Art is to me the glorification of the human spirit, and as such it is the cultural documentation of the time in which it is produced.."

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.."

A few of Hoffman's students: Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Larry Rivers, Fritz Bultman, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Wolf Kahn.

Hans Hofmann was born in Weissenburg, Germany in 1880 and studied in his home country at Munich. He came across the influence of the Impressionists, the Fauves, and the Cubists in Paris in the early 1900’s. He began his own school in Munich in 1915, then moved his school to New York in 1931, where he taught his technique of improvisation. Hofmann’s work is insistent upon color, texture, and form, his experimentation with these aspects helping to develop Abstract Expressionism in America. He died in 1966.

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