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Still Life

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Still Life

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Hans Hofmann
American, born Germany, 1880–1966

Date

1944

Medium

Watercolor on paper

Accession #

72.46

Dimensions

24 x 17 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Hans Hofmann was one of the most important figures of postwar American art and played a key role in the development of Abstract Expressionism. While gaining success as an artist, Hofmann was also an influential teacher to generations of artists, including Frank Stella.

In Hofmann’s Still Life, a bowl of fruit is visible in the upper right, while the shapes suggest vases and other common still-life items. Unlike traditional still lifes, however, Hoffmann’s composition is modernized, with unusual colors and abstracted forms.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Members Guild