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HANS HOFMANN Unique Gouache Painting, 1954. Signed, Dated, Framed. With Andre Emmerich Gallery Label & Hans Hofmann Estate Stamp

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15.00 LBS

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Hans Hofmann (German-American, 1880–1966)
Overall Size: 13.5 x 10.75 in. (34.29 x 27.3 cm.)
Framed Size: 20 x 15 x 1 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 2.54 cm.)
Signed and dated lower right; Andre Emmerich Gallery label with Estate inventory number affixed to frame verso; stamped on frame verso with Estate of Hans Hofmann stamp with the estate inventory number.
Provenance: Andre Emmerich Gallery label verso along with Estate of Hans Hofmann inventory number and authentication.
Below are auction comparables; however, we have not been able to find comparable Hofmann works from the 1950s come up for public auction; this unique work is indeed rare -- and all the more so because it has the Estate stamp and inventory number, as well as the original label from Hofmann's lifetime dealer, Andre Emmerich, who also represented Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell. 
This bright, poignant unique gouache on paper is by legendary artist Hans Hofmann – one of the most influential artists and teachers of the 20th century. It was created during the height of the Abstract Expressionist movement, representing the style for which the artist was best known. On the back of the frame is the original label from the Andre Emmerich Gallery, who represented the artist for many decades. This work also bears the official stamp from the Estate of Hans Hofmann, with the Estate catalogue number. (Emmerich represented the Hofmann Estate until he sold his gallery to Sotheby's.) 

A pioneering artist and teacher, Hans Hofmann studied in France and Germany, where he founded an art school. In 1932, he moved to New York, where he remained permanently to avoid Nazi persecution. He taught at the Art Students League, then opened the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in 1933. He brought with him a deep knowledge of European art, and he was influential in introducing European modernist styles and ideas in the United States. Hofmann famously taught Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Wolf Kahn and Larry Rivers, and he formed a close relationship with Jackson Pollock. Although his work represented a fusion of various modes, Hofmann was best known his contribution to Abstract Expressionism, both intellectually and artistically. 

During his lifetime, Hofmann’s work was the subject of exhibitions at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, his first exhibition in the United States (1931); the Art of This Century Gallery (1944); the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (1948); Whitney Museum of American Art (1957); the Venice Biennale (1960); and the Museum of Modern Art (1963). Hofmann’s work is in many permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

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