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Hans Hofmann, The Conjurer (Small Version), 1946, oil on panel, 25 × 30".

Hans Hofmann

Miles McEnery Gallery | 21st Street

In 1903, Hans Hofmann (1880–1966) moved from Munich to Paris, where he saw the influential Paul Cézanne retrospective at the Salon d’Automne in 1907, worked with Henri Matisse, and became friends with Georges Braque, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, and Pablo Picasso, eventually fusing Fauvism and Cubism to new effect, and later adding Wassily Kandinsky to the influential mix. Though he was present at the birth of abstract painting in the early twentieth century, he was not one of its midwives, but rather a synthesizer of their ideas, opening what is generally regarded as the first school of modern art in 1915. He settled in the United States in 1932 and finally found his own artistic voice. In 1934, he reopened his school, holding classes in Manhattan (and during the summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts), where he taught many American luminaries: Helen Frankenthaler, Red Grooms, Allan Kaprow,

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