Untitled (Yellow Table on Green)

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Artist

Hans Hofmann ( American, 1880 - 1966 )

DATE:
1936
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General Description

The intensely colored forms of this still life seem to vibrate next to each other, heightened by the vigorously applied paint that is thickly crusted in some areas and dripped in others. The liveliness of color and paint application creates a space imbued with energy. This painting was made in the years after Hans Hofmann moved from Germany to New York, where he opened an influential art school that exposed the ideas of the European modernists to the generation of American artists who would become the pioneers of abstract expressionism in the 1940s and 1950s. Clement Greenberg, the influential critic who championed the abstract expressionists, called Hofmann “the most important art teacher of our time.”

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  • DMA Label text, 2018.

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