Thanks to the chat I had with my tutor last night, he recommended that I have a look more deeply into the art and teachings of Hans Hofmann – the German-American who was perhaps the founding father of Abstract Expressionism. My tutor suggested I get hold of a book called ‘Search for the Real‘, which I intend doing in coming weeks. There are many videos discussing Hofmann on YouTube, I won’t put them here in a bibliography as the list is exhaustive, but I will be plodding through them when I have the time.
Some of the following quotes have been ascribed to him:
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary, so that the necessary may appeal.
Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous or superficial effects.
Through a painting we can see the whole world.These quotes came up in a list from a recent internet search.
Hans Hofmann (1880–1966) is one of the most important figures of postwar American art. Celebrated for his exuberant, color-filled canvases, and renowned as an influential teacher for generations of artists—first in his native Germany, then in New York and Provincetown—Hofmann played a pivotal role in the development of Abstract Expressionism. – From hanshoffman.org
I have begun to look at reproductions of Hofmann’s work as found on the official website, there are a great many styles to absorb. Most notably though, I seem to think that he was greatly influenced by Matisse in his use of colour. Strangely enough I only found one reference to him in one of the text books we are asked to look at for this course, I list the reference below.
https://www.hanshofmann.org/ accessed 18/19 02 2020
Foster H. et al (2004) Art since the 1900 Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism. P.404 ‘1947 – the publication of Possibilities in New York marks the coalescence of Abstract Expressionism as a movement.’