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    Artist Name:

    Hans Hofmann

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, born Germany, 1880–1966


    Still Life




    Watercolor on paper


    Support/Overall: 24 x 17 1/2 inches Framed/Mounted: 31 × 24 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the Members Guild

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    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, and the shapes suggest vases and other common still-life items. Unlike traditional still lifes, Hoffman modernized the composition through the use of unusual color and the abstraction of the displayed items.

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