T1989-A46
Hans Hartung
LEIPZIG 1904 - 1989 ANTIBES
T1989-A46
1989
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
VERSO INSCRIBED AND DATED: "FAIT LE 7-11-89"
54 Y 81 CM
PROVENANCE

PRIVATE COLLECTION, SWITZERLAND

LITERATURE

FOUNDATION HARTUNG-BERGMANN ON 31 JANUARY 2008, REGISTERED UNDER N° CT 697-0.

The artist Hans Hartung (b. Leipzig, 1904) devoted himself throughout his career to the art of the Informel and is today considered one of its most prominent European exponents. Having initially studied philosophy and art history at the university in Leipzig, Hartung later turned to art, which he studied at the academies of fine arts in Leipzig and Dresden. Finally, in 1932 he moved to Paris – the birthplace of the Informel. There the German painter made the acquaintance of Miró, Mondrian and Kandinsky and exhibited in group shows at the “Salon des Surindépendants”. In addition to his participation in many international exhibitions, the artist was honoured with major awards and distinctions again and again until his death in 1989.


 


Executed in the last year of the artist’s life, our expressive work combines Tachist elements – drippings à la Jackson Pollock or Sam Francis – with the art of spraying. The result is a composition charged with suspense and revolving around the relationship between colour surface and line as well as the intuitive painting process expressed in the spontaneous handling of the lines. A characteristic example of the prominent artist’s style, it speaks of the energy, intensity and conviction with which Hans Hartung dedicated himself to the principles of Informel.


 


 


The artist Hans Hartung (b. Leipzig, 1904) devoted himself throughout his career to the art of the Informel and is today considered one of its most prominent European exponents. Having initially studied philosophy and art history at the university in Leipzig, Hartung later turned to art, which he studied at the academies of fine arts in Leipzig and Dresden. Finally, in 1932 he moved to Paris – the birthplace of the Informel. There the German painter made the acquaintance of Miró, Mondrian and Kandinsky and exhibited in group shows at the “Salon des Surindépendants”. In addition to his participation in many international exhibitions, the artist was honoured with major awards and distinctions again and again until his death in 1989.


Executed in the last year of the artist’s life, our expressive work combines Tachist elements – drippings à la Jackson Pollock or Sam Francis – with the art of spraying. The result is a composition charged with suspense and revolving around the relationship between colour surface and line as well as the intuitive painting process expressed in the spontaneous handling of the lines. A characteristic example of the prominent artist’s style, it speaks of the energy, intensity and conviction with which Hans Hartung dedicated himself to the principles of Informel.