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Ruby Gold

1959
55 3/8 x 40 1/2 in. (140.7 x 102.9 cm)

Hans Hofmann
American (Weissenburg, Bavaria, Germany, 1880 - 1966, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1960.37
Location: Currently on view
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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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Artist's signature, lower right: hans hofmann 59


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Artist; sold by him through Samuel M. Kootz Gallery Inc., New York to the Gallery in 1960

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Modern Art: Who, What, and Why? Materials accompanying a teacher inservice presentation at MAG Spring 2008
MAGexplore MAGexplore provides in-depth information and close looking at over 200 objects in MAG's collection.
Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist Companion website to PBS program on Hofmann, this site includes interactive learning tools; information on Hofmann's legacy through interviews and the work of former students; a photo gallery; timeline; selected works; lesson plans; behind-the-scenes look at the film; and links to websites about Hofmann, his students, and Abstract Expressionism.


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