HANS HOFMANN | POLYNESIAN (SMALL VERSION)
1880 - 1966
POLYNESIAN (SMALL VERSION)
oil on canvas laid on board
24 by 20 in. 61 by 50.8 cm.
framed: 33 by 29 in. 83 by 73.7 cm.
Executed in 1951.
This work is in good condition overall. There is evidence of handling and wear to the extreme edges including intermittent losses to the pigment visible along all four extreme edges. In addition, there is a fibrous accretion attached to the top edge on the vertical central axis of the canvas. Close inspection reveals scattered, unobtrusive areas of craquelure throughout the canvas, particularly in the areas of brown pigment. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there are numerous small areas scattered throughout the composition that fluoresce darkly and appear to have benefited from retouching, most notably in the areas of brown pigment, as well as yellow pigment, particularly along the left edge of the canvas. Framed.
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Lillian Orlowsky, Massachusetts (acquired directly from the artist in 1951)
Ameringer Yohe Fine Art, New York
Acme Fine Art, Boston (acquired from the above in 2005)
Private Collection, Minnesota
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Suzi Villiger, Ed., Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Volume II: 1901-1951, Surrey 2014, cat. no. P822, p. 504, illustrated in color
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Hans Hofmann and His Students, December 2004 - January 2005
Boston, Acme Fine Art, Artwork from the Collection of William Freed and Lillian Orlowsky, May - June 2005, n.p., illustrated
Boston, Acme Fine Art, Summer Salon, June - August 2005