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Hans Hofmann

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Spring on Cape Cod, 1961
Oil on canvas, 116.8 x 91.4 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
2012.63
© Hans Hofmann, by SIAE 2012


In 1935 the Bavarian-born Hofmann opened his summer school at Provincetown, a timeless fishing harbor and center of artistic activity located at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The title Spring on Cape Cod refers to this area where he taught for over twenty years and whose natural beauty he admired. The painting centers on his love of color and its expressiveness. The green and brown evoke landscape, but nature is not imitated. Rather, Hofmann’s intimate experience of contemplating nature is poetically presented. He insisted that, even in abstraction, “nature is always the artist’s best source of inspiration, but in its spiritual, not physical sense. In nature … every living thing exists in relationship to other things”. In Spring on Cape Cod Hofmann created a dynamic composition based on the sophisticated relationships of tension and balance between its colorful forms.

credits: Hangar Design Group