Hans HartungSans Titre
Pastel and charcoal on paper
Signed and dated
19.02 x 28.35 in ( 48.3 x 72 cm )
Inquiry - Sans Titre, 1953


Certificate from the Fondation Hartung-Bergman


Private Collection, Monaco


Kurt Vanbelleghem, Hans Hartung opere dal 1947 al 1989, Galleria Tega, Milan, 1995


Kurt Vanbelleghem, Hans Hartung opere dal 1947 al 1989, Galleria Tega, Milan, 1995

Artwork's description

Blessé lors de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale puis amputé d'une jambe, Hartung est contraint de privilégier pendant quelque temps les œuvres de petit formats.

On retrouve dans cette composition ces grands jets noirs qui rythment de manière aléatoire. Un noir vivant est intense, où les lignes et courbes se croisent et se mélangent. « Je suis constamment à la recherche d'une loi, de la règle alchimique qui peut transformer le rythme, le mouvement et la couleur en or; transmuter le désordre apparent dans le seul objectif de transmettre un mouvement parfait et ainsi créer de l'ordre dans le désordre, et de l'ordre par le désordre.»

Hans Hartung , Jennifer Mundy,,  Works on Paper 1922-56, London 1996, P. 20.

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.