Weissenburg 1880 - 1966 New York
German-born Hans Hofmann migrated to the USA in 1932 and became one of the most influential artists of post-war America. He is considered a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, on account of his own artwork, but especially thanks to the results of his educational work. His Hofmann School of Fine Arts and the summer school in the art colony of Provincetown/Massachusetts contributed greatly to communicating European avant-garde art in the United States and attracted many artists and art critics who later became prominent.
In his works, Hofmann focussed on the interrelationship of form, space, colour and line in order to create compositions full of movement, power, and colour intensity. He developed his 'Push and Pull' technique, the expansion and retraction of active and passive forces in the picture, to achieve a balance of the tension between colour and form. Nature, in all its vitality, served as his main model.