Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)
Considered by many the father of Abstract Expressionism, Hans Hofmann is one of the most important figures of postwar American art. He pioneered teaching of this new movement of modern art which catapulted America to the forefront of the world art stage in the middle of the 20th century. As a teacher, Hofmann influenced three generations of artists in Europe and in the United States, countless of whom went on to achieve acclaim in their own right. As an artist, he is celebrated for his exuberant, color-filled canvases. Hofmann's work is distinguished by a rigorous concern with pictorial structure, spatial illusion and color relationships.
Some of the world’s prominent museum collections possess Hofmann's art including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery in London, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among many others.
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