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 Hartung, Hans (1904 - 1989)
France

T46-17, 1946

Oil on canvas;
81 x 100 cm
Art Informel

UID 102-250



Biography

French painter, draughtsman and photographer of German birth, Hans Hartung showed a special interest in painting from an early age. He had an early enthusiasm for the work of Rembrandt and, later, for the work of the Expressionists, particularly Oskar Kokoschka and Emil Nolde. Despite having painted and drawn in an abstract form, Hartung only came into contact with the movement in 1925 at a lecture given by Vassily Kandinsky at the Kunstakademie. In 1926 at the Internatinale Kunstausstellung in Dresden, he first saw modern works by foreign painters such as Rousseau, Picasso, Georges Pouault, Matisse and Braque. In 1932, he went to the island of Minorca and, two years later, abandoned Cubism to return to a more instinctive style that he had developed in his watercolours and charcoal and chalk drawings in 1932-34. He exhibited regularly at the Salon des Indépendants and, in 1947, held his first one-man show on his return to Paris. In 1952-54, his work became more static, more serene and, at the end of this decade, Hartung, together with Fautrier, Wolls and Riopelle, became one of the most important painters in the Paris school. In 1955 and 1964, he took part in Documenta 1 and 3, in Kassel. In 1956, he received the Guggenheim prize and, in 1964, the International Grand Prix at the Venice Biennale. In 1981, he received the Oskar Kokoschka prize from the Austrian Republic. His last works were, generally, more varied, combining diverse forms in a genuinely abstract style, anticipating Informal Art.



Exhibitions

Hans Hartung (Basel)
Kunsthalle (Basel), Germany
23-02-1952 ~ 23-03-1952

Maîtres Impressionnistes et Modernes
Galerie Daniel Malingue, France
10-11-1988 ~ 24-12-1988

The Berardo Collection - A Voyage through the 20th Century
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
04-12-2004 ~ 30-04-2005

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Contemporâneos de Arpad Szenes e Vieira da Silva na Collecção Berardo
Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva, Portugal
06-03-2002 ~ 16-06-2002

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Nova Apresentação da Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
08-11-1999 ~ 01-03-2000

Durante o Fim - Rui Chafes
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
15-10-2000 ~ 14-01-2001


Bibliography

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Contemporâneos de Arpad Szenes e Vieira da Silva na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva
ISBN 9728467192

Maîtres Impressionnistes et Modernes, 1990
Published by Galerie Daniel Malingue

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105

Walter Bodmer, Basel – Hans Hartung, 1952
Published by Kunsthalle







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