HANS HOFMANN (1880-1966)
HANS HOFMANN (1880-1966)

Composition No. 15

HANS HOFMANN (1880-1966)
Composition No. 15
signed and dated ’53 hans hofmann’ (lower right); signed again, titled, inscribed and dated again 'Composition No. 15⁄53 (Teecatle) [sic] hans hofmann' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
30 x 38 in. (76.2 x 96.5 cm.)
Painted in 1953.
Estate of the artist
Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, 1996
Ameringer Yohe Fine Art, New York, 2007
Charles O. Wood III, Boston
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2018
J. Yohe, ed., Hans Hofmann, New York, 2002, p. 152 (illustrated).
S. Villiger, ed., Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Volume III: Catalogue Entries P847-PW89 (1952-1965), Surrey, 2014, p. 61, no. P936 (illustrated).
Provincetown, Kootz Gallery of New York, Paintings by Hans Hofmann, August 1953.
New York, Kootz Gallery, Hans Hofmann: New Paintings Created in 1953, November-December 1953.
Boston, Boris Mirski Art Gallery, Hans Hofmann, January 1954.
Provincetown, H.C. Gallery, Hans Hofmann, July-August 1955.
San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery, Hans Hofmann: Paintings, February-March 2001.
New York, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Distinctive/Instinctive: Postwar Abstract Painting, February-May 2021.

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Lot Essay

"At all stages of the creative development, both color and form develop, one through the other into a reciprocal compensatory relationship comparable to harmony and counterpoint in music. The magic of painting, however, can never be fully, rationally explained" (H. Hofmann quoted in K. Wilkin, "The color problem in pure painting--its creative origin," Hans Hofmann: A Retrospective, New York, 1979, p. 40).

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