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At the Archives: Hans Hofmann

Title: Hans Hofmann at work in his studio

Date: 1952

Description: Hans Hofmann in his studio at 53 East Ninth St., New York City, working on a painting.

Creator: Reynal, Kay Bell, 1905-1977, photographer

Born in Germany in 1880, Hans Hofmann was a German-born American abstract expressionist painter. By 1933, and for the next four decades, he lived in New York and in Provincetown. From his early landscapes of the 1930s, to his “slab” paintings of the late 1950s, and his abstract works at the end of his career upon his death in 1966, Hofmann continued to create boldly experimental color combinations and formal contrasts that transcended genre and style.

Courtesy of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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