(1880 – 1966), Germany

Hans Hofmann Biography

Hans Hofmann was born in Weissenburg in Bavaria, Germany in 1880. He studied art in Munich and Paris, where he lived from 1904–1914. He returned to Germany in 1914, and in 1915 he opened an art school in Munich. In 1930, Hofmann traveled to the United States, and from 1930–1932 he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles. Because of the growing hostility toward intellectuals in Germany, Hofmann decided to remain in America.

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In 1932, Hofmann moved to New York. He taught at the Art Students League, then opened the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in 1934.

During his lifetime, Hofmann’s work was the subject of exhibitions at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, his first exhibition in the United States (1931); the Art of This Century Gallery (1944); the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (1948); Whitney Museum of American Art (1957); the XXX Venice Biennale (1960); and The Museum of Modern Art (1963).

Hofmann’s work is in many permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; and the Städtische Galerie, Lenbachhaus, Munich.

Hans Hofmann died in February of 1966 in New York City.

Text courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery.

Hans Hofmann Featured Artworks

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[Study for Mosaic Cross] [Study for Chimbote Mural] by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann[Study for Mosaic Cross] [Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950Oil on paper mounted on board
214 x 92.7 cm
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Mural Fragment (Chimbote) [Study for Chimbote Mural] by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans HofmannMural Fragment (Chimbote) [Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950Oil on panel mounted on board
213 x 90.8 cm
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Preliminary Sketches for Chimbote Mural No. 1 [Study for Chimbote Mural] by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans HofmannPreliminary Sketches for Chimbote Mural No. 1 [Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950Oil on paper mounted on board
212.7 x 91.4 cm
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[Study for Chimbote Mural] by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann[Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950Oil on paper mounted on board
213.7 x 92.1 cm
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Shangri-La by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Hans HofmannShangri-La, 1961Oil on canvas
96.5 x 76.2 cm
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Shangri-La by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans HofmannShangri-La, 1961Oil on canvas
38 x 30 inches
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Untitled by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans HofmannUntitled, c. 1945Watercolour and ink on paper
61 x 47.9 cm
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Red Lamp by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans HofmannRed Lamp, 1955Oil, gouache, and graphite on board
52 x 31 inches
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Hans Hofmann Current & Recent Exhibitions

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