(1880 – 1966), Germany

Hans Hofmann Artworks

Laburnum (1954)

Laburnum (1954) is an Abstract Expressionist painting made from oil on linen. In this work, Hofmann uses thick impasto to create layers of texture. The painting depicts rectangular forms balancing beside scribbles, scrapes and drippings of colour, giving the artwork a visceral quality.

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Pompeii (1959)

Pompeii (1959) is a large abstract oil painting that belongs to Hofmann's collection of 'slab' paintings. Arguably his most famous series of work, Hofmann's 'slab' artworks feature thickly-textured rectangles of paint besides shifting swathes of colour.

In Pompeii (1959), Hofmann uses a kaleidoscope of colours to depict gestural abstract compositions. He creates the feeling of space and movement by using different colours and shapes to give the illusion of differing depths of perspective. Hofmann often mapped out his 'slab' paintings by pinning rectangles of coloured paper to the canvas.

Search for the Real, and Other Essays (1948)

Written over a period of 40 years for his own teaching purposes and for periodical journals, Hofmann's Search for the Real, and Other Essays (1948) is a collection of essays on art and visual culture. In the book, Hofmann explores contemporary visual expression under subheadings like 'Painting and Culture', 'On the Aims of Art' and 'Plastic Creation'.

Search for the Real, and Other Essays was originally published by the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts for the Hans Hofmann retrospective in 1948.

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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], 1950 Oil 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 Hofmann Mural Fragment (Chimbote) [Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950 Oil 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 Hofmann Preliminary Sketches for Chimbote Mural No. 1 [Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950 Oil 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], 1950 Oil on paper mounted on board
213.7 x 92.1 cm
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Study for Mosaic—Chimbote [Study for Chimbote Mural] by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Study for Mosaic—Chimbote [Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950 Oil on paper mounted on canvas
212.7 x 92.7 cm
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Chimbote Mural Fragment of Part I [Study for Chimbote Mural] by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Chimbote Mural Fragment of Part I [Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950 Oil on board
213.4 x 92.7 cm
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Chimbote Mural Fragment of Part II [Study for Chimbote Mural] by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Chimbote Mural Fragment of Part II [Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950 Oil on board
214 x 92.1 cm
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The Cross (Sketch for Mosaic) [Study for Chimbote Mural] by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann The Cross (Sketch for Mosaic) [Study for Chimbote Mural], 1950 Oil on paper mounted on board
213.4 x 90.2 cm
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Shangri-La by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Hans Hofmann Shangri-La, 1961 Oil on canvas
96.5 x 76.2 cm
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Untitled by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Untitled, c. 1945 Watercolour and ink on paper
61 x 47.9 cm
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Red Lamp by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Red Lamp, 1955 Oil, gouache, and graphite on board
52 x 31 inches
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Landscape No. 105 by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Landscape No. 105, 1942 Oil on board
23 7/8 x 28 3/4 inches
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Landscape by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Hans Hofmann Landscape, 1936 Oil on panel
63.5 x 76.2 cm
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Capriccio by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Capriccio, 1955 Oil on canvas
121.9 x 152.4 cm
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[Untitled] by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann [Untitled], c. 1960–1965 Oil on board
81 x 61 cm
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Caprizio by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Caprizio, 1962 Oil on canvas
127 x 101.6 cm
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Mirage by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Mirage, 1962 Oil on canvas
152.4 x 132.1 cm
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Serenada by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Serenada, 1961 Oil on canvas
96.5 x 76.2 cm
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The Old and the Becoming by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann The Old and the Becoming, 1961 Oil on canvas
101.6 x 127 cm
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Grief by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Grief, 1961 Oil on canvas
182.9 x 152.4 cm
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Blue Mirage by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann Blue Mirage, 1961 Oil on canvas
152.4 x 132 cm
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The Climb by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann The Climb, 1960 Oil on board
213.36 x 121.92 cm
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Blue Arcata by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork mixed media
Hans Hofmann Blue Arcata, 1955 Oil on pencil on canvas
132.1 x 152.4 cm
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The Pumpkin by Hans Hofmann contemporary artwork painting
Hans Hofmann The Pumpkin, 1950 Oil on canvas
91.4 x 121.9 cm
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