Hans HartungT1980-E20
Acrylic on panel
Monogrammed and dated upper left
39.37 x 31.89 in ( 100 x 81 cm )
Inquiry - T1980-E20, 1980


Cerificate from the Foundation


Galerie Sapone, France
Private Collection, Rome

Artwork's description

Over time, Hartung develops and renews his technique in his workshop in Antibes, where he has a space suitable for these experiments.
This work was produced in 1980, Hartung dipping a branch of broom in acrylic which he dried and attached to a broom. The canvas is then whipped, flogged, revealing traces of black paints. This canvas proves the greatness of the artist, who at the heart of the same work manages to bring together different techniques.
“ The pleasure of living merges for me with the pleasure of painting. When you have devoted your whole life to painting, when you have always tried to go further, it is impossible to stop. ”. Hans hartung

Artist's biography

Hans Hartung is a German painter born in 1904.

At the start of the booming expressionist movement in the 1920s, he studied art and tried to reproduce the works of Rembrandt or Goya.

In 1922, he discovered a process of colors with "aniline" which made it possible to give watercolors much more intense colors.

He moved to France in 1935 where he met Piet Mondrian, Alexander Calder, etc. He began to find his style by developing a series of works "ink stains".

Hans Hartung is attracted by the effect of the colors placed in relation to each other while being in a very abstract movement. The 1940s marked the end of the preparatory drawing.

He quickly became a major figure in the informal and gestural language that was very prominent in the 1950s. The color is always present but the forms disappear in favor of a unique gesture while respecting a principle: each color has its movement.

Hans Hartung continued to explore new techniques such as scraping that can be found in his 1960s series which allow him, using various tools, to paint the paint while it is still fresh in order to draw a new network of lines.

Finally in 1970, Hans Hartung became less attached to the sign to devote himself to the surface with the help of a lithographic roller and worked on transparency by playing with light.

Hans Hartung died at the age of 85 in 1989.