Hans Hofmann (1880–1966) was an acclaimed Abstract Expressionist and one of the most influential art teachers of the 20th century. While his paintings have been the subject of many exhibitions and publications, his works on paper are comparatively little known, despite how central they were to his artistic practice and to the evolution of his style and technique. This is the first full-length book devoted to Hofmann’s works on paper, presenting a valuable new perspective from which to appreciate the achievements of this giant of postwar art. More than fifty examples from across his long career and from many genres—including self-portraits, figural studies, interiors, landscapes, and abstractions—are all attractively illustrated in color. In addition, works in different stages of finish, from rough sketches to polished pieces, offer an intimate glimpse into Hofmann’s methods and creative process.
Karen Wilkin is a New York–based curator and critic specializing in 20th-century modernism. Marcelle Polednik is Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Diana Greenwold is the assistant curator of American art at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME