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About the Artist
Hans Hofmann was born in Germany and moved to the United States in the 1930s to teach art. He studied in Paris in the early 1900s and knew Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Robert Delaunay. As a teacher he inspired many midcentury avant-garde painters.
About the Art
In the painting Landscape, Hofmann creates a geometric skyline of small homes in his signature style that weaves together cubist forms with the bright color palette of fauvism. Patches of color define the areas above and below this little townscape. Hoffman was most interested in what he called the “push and pull” between color, form, and space in the picture plane.
- What shapes can you make out as definite objects? What shapes can you guess about?
- How might you describe the mood of this painting? How has the artist used color, shape, and line to create the mood you describe?
“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.” -Hans Hofmann
- How do you interpret this quote by the artist? How does this relate to the way you experience the world?
- Hofmann’s famous phrase “push and pull” is most often associated with his signature works of the 1950s and 1960s, in which bold color planes emerge from and recede into energetic surfaces of intersecting and overlapping shapes. In which parts of this painting do you notice the push and pull between colors or shapes?
Hans Hofmann made a painting of this place because it held significance to him. What places are important to you? Which place have you been to or like to go to that has a special significance in your life? How might you capture the essence of that place through art?
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