Random House, Inc. As a teacher, Hans Hofmann left his mark on generations of artists in both Europe and America. He had an equally brilliant career as a painter. Hofmann operated a famous teaching studio first in Europe and then in New York at a pivotal moment when a new kind of subjective, non-figurative art was emerging as the dominant movement. His work is insistent upon color, texture, and form, and his astoundingly liberated later canvases are more than expressions of a creative process; they are, in the words of art historian Robert Goldwater, "...less the culmination of a life-long development than a kind of rebirth, an entirely new, youthful phase."
Nature's purpose in relation to the visual arts is to provide stimulus-not imitation....From its ceaseless urge to create springs all Life-all movement and rhythm-time and light, color and mood-in short, all reality in Form and Thought." -Hans Hofmann
This book is the only comprehensive treatment of one of Abstract Expressionism's most important forefathers: Hans Hofmann. Hans Hofmann attends to every stage of his prolific career. Nearly 300 gorgeous color plates reveal this modern master's extraordinary sense of color: beautifully vibrant greens, rich blues and brilliant reds organized in strikingly powerful patterns. Sam Hunter, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, writes a substantive essay on every aspect of Hofmann's distinguished body of work. Five important essays by the artist himself are included, revealing his philosophy of art which was so influential to the generations that followed him. Frank Stella, an important painter who deeply admired his work, also contributes an essay.