Hans Hofmann papers, [ca. 1904]-1978, (bulk 1945-1965)

Hofmann, Hans, b. 1880 d. 1966
Active in New York, N.Y.; Provincetown, Mass.

Collection size: 18.6 linear feet (on 11 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, records of the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, writings, financial records, biographical information, photographs, printed matter, inscribed/annotated volumes from Hofmann's library, estate records, and papers of Renate Schmitz Hofmann. Spannng the years ca. 1904-1978 (bulk 1945-1965), the papers mainly concern Hofmann's teaching, exhibitions, and the evolution of his esthetic philosophy.

Biographical/Historical Note: Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) was a painter and teacher in Provincetown, Mass.

313 35-mm color slides of works of art by Hofmann were donated by Renate Hofmann in 1974. All other papers were the gift of the Estate of Hans Hofmann in 1997 and in 2006 via Robert Warshaw, Esq., executor of the Hans Hofmann estate 13.0 linear ft. books, exhibition catalogs, and periodicals (376 items) from Hofmann's library, received with the collection, were transferred to the Smithsonian's American Art Museum-National Portrait Gallery Library.

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The holdings of the Archives of American Art include papers and oral history interviews of many former students and friends of Hofmann; among these collections are correspondence, photographs, reminiscences, writings, and printed items relating to Hofmann and his school. Noteworthy is the collection of research material compiled by Tina Dickey concerning Hans Hofmann, 1991-2000, including oral history interviews with 27 former students, a recording of a panel discussion, "Forum 2000: Hans Hofmann, the Painter," held at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 2000, and a register of students, 1918-1958 compiled by Dickey.
The Lillian Kiesler Papers, 1920s-1990s include records of the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts. Researchers are advised to conduct a name search in the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS).