Lot 4
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600,000 - 800,000 EUR
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  • Hans Hartung
  • T1957-8
  • signed and dated 57
  • oil on canvas
  • 146 x 114 cm; 57 1/2 x 44 7/8 in.
  • Executed in 1957.


Galerie de France, Paris, 1958
Galerie Ariel, Paris, 1962
Trevor Peck, Montreal
Sale: Sotheby's, London, Post War and Contemporary Art, 30 November 1989, Lot 621
Private Collection
Sale: Sotheby's London, Contemporary Art Part I, 30 November 1994, Lot 17
Private Collection, United Kingdom


Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, School of Paris, 1959
Pittsburg, Carnegie Institute, The Pittsburg International Exhibition, 1958-59; catalogue, no. 201, illustrated
Paris, Galerie Ariel, 1962


Umbro Apollonio, Hans Hartung, New York, 1966, no. 139, illustrated

Catalogue Note

They are explosions, eruptions of signs that fixate the impetus of the painter's hand on generally neutral colour backgrounds, or sometimes, more rarely, on large areas slightly circled or circumscribed in the manner of Rothko. (...) In his paintings from 1955-1959, the role of the background seemed only that of support, a way to highlight graphic signs, but the study of this sequence exposes it as the result of a very careful and subtle work. If graphic brush strokes sometimes resemble Chinese calligraphy, this dialogue with the background, with the entire surface of the painting, shows a completely different purpose, and evokes the structural simplification through which teenage Hartung used to reduce Goya or Rembrandt to tensions of forms.

Pierre Daix

This work is registered in the archives of the Fondation Hartung Bergman. It will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of Hans Hartung currently being prepared by the Fondation Hartung Bergman.