abstract painting with dark salmon ground with two rectangles, green on the L and red on the R; blue and red splatter up R edge

Copyright © The Renate%2C Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust %2F Miles McEnery Gallery

Candor, 1962

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Gift of Mary and Bob Merskyexpand_more  2013.38.1

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Han Hofmann was a major figure of Abstract Ecpressionism as well as an influential teacher and mentor to younger artists. This canvas is a classic example of Abstract Expressionist painting in which figurative or narrative representation is superseded by an inquiry into the fundamental elements of painting: form, color, and gesture. Hofmann famously created the "push and Pull Theory," in which he rejected one-point perspective as the primary method of creating the illusion of space in a two-dimensional medium. Instead, Hofmann focused on the "push and pull" of color, light, and shape, and how the tension between contrasting elements can lead to a visual experience of depth and motion. In this technique, the eye is lead around the painting rather than directed to one point. The single colored ractangles in Candor act as the principle spatial organizing tool on a loosely painted background - a signature of Hofmann's late work. The thinck impastos of the rectangles contrast with the thin wash of the background, and the solid forms of the rectangles are complimented by the scattered drips of similarly toned paint in the periphery of the image. Candor is a carefully balanced composition that explores the relationship between form and color.

Details
Title
Candor
Artist Life
American (born Germany), 1880–1966
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.38.1
Provenance
Collection of the artist; The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, New York. (Ameringer and Yohe Fine Art, New York, sold to Mersky); Mary and Robert Mersky, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2013.
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abstract painting with dark salmon ground with two rectangles, green on the L and red on the R; blue and red splatter up R edge

Copyright © The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust / Miles McEnery Gallery

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