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Hans Hofmann
American, 1880 - 1966

Ruby Gold, 1959
American Painting
Oil on canvas
55 3/8 in. x 40 1/2 in. (140.65 cm x 102.87 cm), without frame

Marion Stratton Gould Fund,  60.37

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According to painter Hans Hofmann, “there are bigger things to be seen in nature than the object.” Ruby Gold demonstrates this idea through the dramatic interplay of color, form, and expression.

Hofmann was one of the most influential teachers of Abstract Expressionism, the painting style for which he is known. While other painters, such as Jackson Pollock, pioneered the style, Hofmann taught it to generations of students and helped to cement its role as a dominant form of painting in the U.S. from the 1950s onward. He created his signature works, like Ruby Gold, in the last eight years of his life, when, at age 78, he stopped teaching and devoted himself exclusively to painting.

[Summer 2015]

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