Han Hofmann (March 21, 1880 – February 17, 1966) was a German-born American artist. Hofmann was by far one of the most important painters of the 20th century. He changed the way we approached colour and the juxtaposition of colour as a multi-leveled entity. Also unlike his contemporaries he was less interested in the spontaneity of action. Hofmanns work concentrates more so on depth, form, and space within the picture plain, and as mentioned the foundation of his work was colour itself.
Unlike many of the painters that came out of the Abstract Expressionist movement Hofmann paintings were moderately sized and painted with a much more conscience approach to colour composition.
As a colourist I have and continue to learn from Han Hofmann, for he was a true master.
Recently I purchased Hans Hofmann: “Catalogue Raisonne of Painting”. This impressive three-volume retrospective catalog chronicles Hofmanns work comprehensively.
I highly recommend “Catalogue Raisonne of Painting”, for it is a true treasure exceptionally paying visual and literary homage to one of the greatest artists that ever lived.
Thank you Hans Hofmann, there is always a piece of you in every painting I create.