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Hans Hofmann
CONCERTO IN COLORS
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 725,000 USD
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124
Hans Hofmann
CONCERTO IN COLORS
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 725,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Hans Hofmann
1880 - 1966
CONCERTO IN COLORS
signed and dated 64; titled and dated 1964 on the reverse
oil on panel
32 by 23 7/8 in. 81.3 by 60.6 cm.
Executed in 1964, this work will be included in the forthcoming Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné, sponsored by the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.
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Provenance

Kootz Gallery, New York
Private Collection, New York
By descent to the present owner from the above

Exhibited

New York, Kootz Gallery, Hans Hofmann: 85th Anniversary: Paintings of 1964, February - March 1965

Catalogue Note

Concerto in Colors from 1964 is a masterful example of the artist’s sensational “push-pull” synthesis of formal compositional structure and vitally energetic expressionist mark-making. The conflation of rigid forms and the exuberant application of impasto material, all infused with the sheer brilliance of vibrant color, is precisely characteristic of the very best examples of his revered and enduringly influential oeuvre and makes this a simply outstanding exemplar of his output.

When Hofmann came to the United States in 1932, he sought to create an international style that drew from a variety of sources, including the work of Wassily Kandinsky. Hofmann was enthralled by the spirituality of Kandinsky. As Sam Hunter has noted, "For Kandinsky, abstraction was a road to the individual's liberation and fulfillment…Something of the Utopian tone of uplift and high seriousness of these two great artists echoes in Hofmann's writing.” (James Yohe, ed., Hans Hofmann, New York, 2002, p. 16) Indeed, even the title of the present work, Concerto in Colors, reflects the influence of musical composition and harmony that so inspired Kandinsky.

Hofmann was a fundamentally intellectual artist, who communicated his philosophy with tremendous spirit and emotion. Nearing the end of his prolific life, with Concerto in Colors he delivered the summation of his vision, drawing together the sum of his extraordinary experience into a canvas of alluring vitality.

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