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

A Finding Aid to the Hans Hofmann Papers, circa 1904-1978 (bulk 1945-1965), in the Archives of American Art, by Catherine S. Gaines

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Biographical Information

German-born Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), a leading figure of the 20th century art world, was the first painter to be called an Abstract Expressionist. An esteemed and influential teacher, Hofmann operated his own school in Munich and later in New York City and Provincetown, Mass. He wrote extensively on theoretical aspects of modern art, and about himself as an artist and teacher, and was in demand as a speaker. Hofmann alternated among a variety of styles and techniques throughout his career. Many paintings combine Fauve-inspired color and Cubist structure; influenced by the Surrealist's automatism, much of Hofmann's abstract work often uses poured and spattered paint.

Johann (Hans) Georg Albert Hofmann showed musical and artistic talent as a boy and excelled in the study of science and mathematics. Technical knowledge acquired through working as assistant to the Director of Public Works of the State of Bavaria enabled him, while still a teenager, to invent several mechanical devices. Hofmann attended Moritz Heymann's Munich art school in 1898. Willi Schwarz, one of his teachers during this period, introduced him to Impressionism, and by visiting galleries Hofmann's awareness of contemporary art movements expanded. Schwarz also introduced him to art collector Phillip Freudenberg whose patronage made a move to Paris possible.

Hofmann arrived in Paris in 1904 and began attending evening sketch classes at the Académie Colarossi and the Académie de la Chaumière where Matisse was among his fellow students. During his 10 years in Paris, Hofmann established a close friendship with Robert Delaunay and met Braque, Arthur B. Carles, Léger, Picasso, and Leo Stein. He painted Cubist landscapes, still lifes, and figure studies, and participated in group shows with Neue Sezessions, Berlin, 1908 and 1909. In 1910, the Paul Cassierer Gallery, Berlin, presented Hofmann's first solo exhibition.

When World War I broke out, Hofmann was visiting Germany. War conditions prevented his return to Paris and terminated Freudenberg's financial assistance. Disqualified for military service due to a lung condition, Hofmann decided to earn his living by teaching. The Hans Hofmann Schule für Bildende Kunst in Munich opened in 1915 and was a success from its earliest days. Beginning in 1917, summer courses were offered in locations such as Italy, France, Bavaria, and Dalmatia. After the war, Hofmann's school began to attract American students including Carl Holty, Alfred Jensen, Louise Nevelson, Worth Ryder, Vaclav Vytlacil, and Glenn Wessels.

Hofmann first came to the United States in 1930, when former student Worth Ryder, art department chairman at the University of California, Berkeley, invited him to teach the summer session at Berkeley. He returned to California the following year, teaching a semester at the Chouinard School of Art, Los Angeles, followed by another summer session at Berkeley. Hofmann moved to New York in 1932 because of the political situation at home and at the urging of his wife, who was to remain in Germany until 1939.

While Hofmann served as guest instructor at the Thurn School of Art, Gloucester, Mass., during the summers of 1932 and 1933, his Munich school offered summer sessions taught by Edmund Daniel Kinzinger. Its 1933 prospectus noted, "Mr. Hofmann will probably conduct the summer school personally..." But he did not return, and the school closed in the fall of 1933.

Hofmann taught at Art Students League in the fall of 1932. The Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts opened in New York City in the autumn of 1933, operating in several locations before moving to permanent quarters at 52 West 8th Street in 1938. He established the summer school at Provincetown, Mass. in 1934. Firsthand knowledge of Picasso, Matisse, and european modern art trends, along with his theories and the freedom he offered students, made Hofmann a widely admired, influential, and important teacher. Among his students were: Burgoyne Diller, Ray Eames, Helen Frankenthaler, Red Grooms, Harry Holtzman, Allen Kaprow, Lillian Kiesler, Lee Krasner, George McNeil, Irene Rice Pereira, Richard Stankiewicz. In addition, art critic Clement Greenberg was significantly influenced by Hofmann's lectures on artistic theory. Both schools flourished until Hofmann decided to close them in 1958; after teaching for 43 consecutive years, he wanted to paint full-time.

In his writings, Hofmann expanded on theories regarding form, color, and space developed during his years in Paris. His most important text, Das Malerbuch: Form und Farbe in Gestaltung, based on notes begun in Paris circa 1904, was written during his second summer at Berkeley, 1931. That same year, Glenn Wessels translated it into English as Creation in Form and Color. Although Hofmann produced additional notes and revisions over the next two decades, the manuscript remains unpublished. Hofmann wrote essays and articles, many of which were published. A collection of Hofmann's writings, Search for the Real and Other Essays, was published in conjunction with his 1948 retrospective exhibition at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass., the first solo show of an Abstract Expressionist to be organized by a museum. Other published and unpublished articles, essays, and shorter writings that elucidate his theoretical concerns include: "The Mystification of the Two- and Three-Dimensional in the Visual Arts," 1946; "Pictorial Function of Colours," 1950; "Space Pictorially Realized Through the Intrinsic Faculty of the Colours to Express Volume," 1951; "The Color Problem in Pure painting-Its Creative Origin," 1955; "The Creative Process-Its Physical and Metaphysical Performing," 1956; "Nature as Experience and Its Pictorial Realization," undated; and "Pure Colour Space," undated Hofmann's lectures to his own students, and talks presented to art groups and the general public addressed many of the same themes. He gave his first American lecture in 1930 at the University of Minnesota, and presented talks to a variety of groups while in California. Hofmann was a frequent speaker at the Provincetown Art Association, and participated in the "Forum 49" series he helped organized at Gallery 200 in Provincetown, 1949.

In the last decade of his life, Hofmann produced a large number of paintings. He was represented in the XXX Venice Biennale, 1960, and major retrospective exhibitions were organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1957, and the Museum of Modern Art, 1963. In 1963, he made a gift of 45 paintings to the University of California, Berkeley, and funded construction of a wing to house them in the soon-to-be-built University Art Museum. Hans Hofmann died in New York City on Feb. 17, 1966.

    Chronology
    From Hans Hofmann by Helmut Friedell and Tina Dickey (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1998).
    1880
    Hans Hofmann is born in Weissenburg, Bavaria, on 21 March, the son of Theodor and Franziska Hofmann.
    1886
    The family moves to Munich, where Theodor becomes a government official. Hans studies mathematics, science, and music at the gymnasium. He plays the violin, piano and organ and begins to draw.
    1896
    With his father's help, finds a position as assistant to the director of public works of the State of Bavaria. Develops his technical knowledge of mathematics, resulting in several scientific inventions, including an electromagnetic comptometer.
    1898
    Studies with Willi Schwarz at Moritz Heymann's art school in Munich, where he is introduced to Impressionism.
    1900
    Meets Maria (Miz) Wolfegg, his future wife.
    1903
    Through Willi Schwarz, he meets the nephew of a Berlin collector, Philipp Freudenberg, who becomes his patron from 1904-1914 and enables him to live in Paris.
    1904
    Frequents the Café du Dome, a haunt of artists and writers, with Jules Pascin, a friend from Moritz Heymann's school. Miz joins him in Paris. Attends evening sketch class at the Académie de la Grand Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi. Meets Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Henri Matisse.
    1908
    Exhibits with the Neue Sezession in Berlin and again in 1909. Miz designs scarves with Sonia Delaunay (then Sonia Uhde).
    1910
    First one-person exhibition held at Paul Cassirer Gallery, Berlin. Meets Robert Delaunay, with whom he designs patterns for Sonia Delaunay's Cubist fashions. During their close friendship, both men develop as colorists.
    1914
    Hans and Miz leave Paris for Corsica so that Hans can regain his health during a bout of what turned out to be tuberculosis. Called to Germany by the illness of his sister Rosa, they are caught on the Tegernsee by the outbreak of World War I.
    1915
    Disqualified for the army due to the after effects of his lung condition, and with the assistance of Freudenberg terminated by the war, Hofmann decides to earn a living teaching. In the spring, he opens the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts at 40 Georgenstrasse, Munich.
    1918-29
    After the war his school becomes known abroad and attracts foreign students such as Worth Ryder, Glenn Wessels, Louise Nevelson, Vaclav Vytlacil, Carl Holty, Alfred Jensen, and Ludwig Sander. Holds summer session at Tegernsee, Bavaria (1922), Ragusa (1924), Capri (1925-1927), St. Tropez (1928-1929). Makes frequent trips to Paris. Has little time to paint but draws continually.
    1924
    Marries Miz Wolfegg on 5 June.
    1929
    A series of his drawings is reproduced by a photographic process known as Lichtdrucke.
    1930
    At the invitation of Worth Ryder, teaches in a summer session at the University of California, Berkeley, where Ryder is chairman of the Department of Art. Returns to Munich for the winter.
    1931
    In the spring, teaches at the Chouinard School of Art, Los Angeles, and again at Berkeley in the summer. Wessels helps him with the first translation of his book Form und Farbe in der Gestaltung, begun in 1904. Exhibits a series of drawings at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, his first show in the United States.
    1932
    Returns to the Chouinard School of Art in the summer. Advised by Miz not to return to Munich because of a growing political hostility to intellectuals, settles in New York. Vaclav Vytlacil helps arrange a teaching position for him at the Art Students League.
    1932-33
    Summer sessions a the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts continue in St. Tropez (1932) and Murnau (1933), taught by Edmund Daniel Kinzinger. The school closes in the fall of 1933, and Miz gives up the lease in 1936.
    1933
    Spends the summer as guest instructor at the Thurn School of Art in Gloucester, Mass. In the fall, opens the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts at 444 Madison Avenue in New York. After a prolonged period of drawing, begins to paint again.
    1934
    Upon the expiration of his visa, travels to Bermuda to return with a permanent visa. Opens a summer school in Provincetown, Mass. The Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts opens at 137 East 57th Street in New York. In 1936, the Hofmann School moves to 52 West 9th Street.
    1938
    The Hofmann School moves to 52 West 8th Street. A planned European summer session (traveling to Paris, the Cote d'Azure, Italy, and Capri) is called off after Hitler moves into Austria in the Spring. Delivers a lecture series once a month at the school in the winter of 1938-39, which is attend by the vanguard of the New York art world, including Arshile Gorky and Clement Greenberg.
    1939
    Miz Hofmann arrives in America. After a stay in New Orleans, joins her husband in Provincetown. They spend five months each summer in Provincetown and the rest of the year in New York.
    1941
    Becomes an American citizen. Delivers an address at the annual meeting of the American Abstract Artists at the Riverside Museum. One-person exhibition at the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans.
    1942
    Hofmann's former student Lee Krasner introduces him to Jackson Pollock.
    1944
    First exhibition in New York at Art of This Century Gallery, arranged by Peggy Guggenheim. "Hans Hofmann, Paintings, 1941-1944" opens at the Arts Club in Chicago and travels on to the Milwaukee Art Institute in January 1945. Howard Putzel includes Hofmann in "Forty American Moderns" at 67 Gallery, New York. He is also included in "Abstract and Surrealist Art in America" at the Mortimer Brandt Gallery, New York (arranged by Sidney Janis in conjunction with publication of Janis's book of the same title).
    1947
    Exhibitions at Betty Parsons Gallery in New York, in Pittsburgh, and at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. The Texas show travels to Denton, Tex.; Norman, Okla.; and Memphis, Tenn. Begins to exhibit with the Kootz Gallery in New York. Kootz holds a one-person show of Hofmann's work each year until his death (with the exception of 1948 and 1956).
    1948
    Retrospective exhibition a the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass., in conjunction with publication of his book, Search For the Real and Other Essays.
    1949
    Travels to Paris to attend the opening of his exhibition at the Galerie Maeght and visits the studios of Picassso, Braque, Constantin Brancusi, and Joan Miro. Helps Fritz Bultman and Weldon Kees organize Forum 49, a summer series of lectures, panels, and exhibitions at Gallery 200 in Provincetown.
    1950
    Participates in a three-day symposium at Studio 35 in New York with William Baziotes, James Brooks, Willem de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Theodoros Stamos, David Smith, and Bradley Walker Tomlin. Joins the "Irascibles"-a group of Abstract Expressionists-in an open letter protesting the exclusion of the avant-garde from an upcoming exhibition of American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
    1951
    Juries the 60th Annual Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago with Aline Louchheim and Peter Blume.
    1954
    One-person exhibition held at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
    1955
    Designs mosaic murals for the lobby of the new William Kaufmann Building, architect William Lescaze, at 711 Third Avenue, New York. Retrospective held at the Art Alliance in Philadelphia.
    1957
    Retrospective exhibitions held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, which then travel to Des Moines, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, Utica, and Baltimore.
    1958
    Hofmann ceases teaching to devote himself full time to painting. He moves his studio into the New York and Provincetown schools. Completes a mosaic mural for the exterior of the New York School of Printing (Kelley and Gruzen, architects) at 439 West 49th Street.
    1960
    Represents the United States with Philip Guston, Franz Kline, and Theodore Roszak at the XXX Venice Biennale.
    1962
    Retrospective exhibition opens in Germany at the Frankische Galerie am Marientor, Nuremberg, and travels to the Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, and the Kongreilhalle, Berlin. In Munich, Neue Galerie im Kunstlerhaus presents "Oils on Paper, 1961-1962." Awarded an honorary membership in the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Nuremberg and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Dartmouth College in Hanover, N. H.
    1963
    Miz Hofmann dies. Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art organized by William Seitz travels throughout the United States and internationally to locations in South America and Europe, including Stuttgart, Hamburg ,and Bielefeld. Signs a historic agreement to donate 45 paintings to the University of California at Berkeley and to fund the construction of a gallery in his honor at the new university museum, then in the planning stage. The exhibition "Hans Hofmann and His Students," organized by the Museum of Modern Art, circulates in the United States and Canada.
    1964
    Awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Serves on the jury for the 1964 Solomon Guggenheim International Award. Becomes a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York. Renate Schmitz inspires the Renate series.
    1965
    Awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Pratt Institute, New York. Marries Renate Schmitz on 14 October.
    1966
    Hans Hofmann dies on 17 February in New York.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The Hans Hofmann papers, 18.1 linear feet on 11 reels of microfilm, document his life and work as a writer, teacher, and painter. Papers date from circa 1904 through 1978, with the bulk spanning the period 1945-1965; those postdating his 1966 death are printed matter, documents regarding his estate, and a few papers of his widow. Among the papers are correspondence, school records, writings, address and appointment books, artifacts, artwork, biographical information, interview transcripts, sales records, and photographs. His personal papers are augmented by a large selection of printed matter-exhibition catalogs, articles, news clippings, and monographs about Hofmann and modern art. Hofmann's Library was acquired with his papers; inscribed/annotated volumes have been retained with the collection, and the remaining monographs and periodicals were transferred to the library of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. Also included are estate records and a very small collection of papers of his second wife, Renate Schmitz Hofmann.

Correspondence, 1914-1966, undated (Series 1), consists mainly of incoming letters about professional matters and personal business. A large portion of the letters are from museum directors and curators regarding the exhibition, loan, sale or donation of Hofmann's work; publishers, editors, and others preparing catalogs or biographical works; and galleries that showed Hofmann's paintings or represented him. Also among the correspondents are students and former students, art historians, art critics, fans, and friends. Family correspondents are a sister-in-law, nieces, and a nephew in Germany. Additional correspondence concerning administrative matters, and requests for catalogs, transcripts and recommendations is among the Records of the School of Fine Arts (Series 2). Financial Records (Series 4) contain a small amount of correspondence regarding banking, taxes, and Social Security. Estate Records (Series 9) include correspondence relating to taxes, the sale of Hofmann's Provincetown house, and various legal documents. Correspondence among the Papers of Renate Schmitz Hofmann (Series 10) include condolence letters, and a small number of personal letters and business correspondence regarding Hofmann's estate.

School of Fine Arts Records, 1915-1965, undated (Series 2), include a very small number of items relating to the Hans Hofmann Schule fur Bildende Kunst that operated Munich from 1915 until 1933. These are printed prospectuses, a financial record, 1925; and "Italian Schools of Painting: The Renaissance in Italy," a printed chart, probably used as a teaching aid. Other items relating to the Munich school are photographs (Series 6) of Hans Hofmann with students in the 1920s, including some taken during the summer course in Capri, circa 1925. Travel photographs, 1920s, may have been taken while teaching summer courses in Europe, and an unidentified photograph, undated, of an exhibition installation in Germany may be school-related.

The Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts was established in New York in 1933, and his summer school in Provincetown, Mass., opened in 1934; both operated continually until Hofmann closed them in 1958 in order to paint full-time. Records of these schools are more substantial, but still quite incomplete. They consist of administrative files containing accreditation records, correspondence, model bookings, inquiries from prospective students, and printed matter about the schools. Financial records are comprised of expense statements and an analysis of income from the 1956 summer session. Student records consist of student ledgers, registration and payment records, and requests for transcripts and recommendations. Miscellaneous items are student artwork and notes. Records postdating the schools' closing are inquiries from prospective students and requests from former students for transcripts or recommendations. Additional letters from former students about matters other than transcripts and recommendations are filed with Correspondence (Series 1).

Writings, circa 1904-1965, undated (Series 3), are published and unpublished manuscripts by Hans Hofmann and other authors. Hoffman wrote extensively about his philosophy of painting, about himself as a teacher and an artist, and about modern art. Included are manuscripts, drafts, and revisions of Hofamnn's book, Das Malerbuch: Form und Farbe in Gestaltung, circa 1904-[1952?], Search for the Real in the Visual Arts and Other Essays, published in 1948, and The Painter and His Problems-A Manual Dedicated to Painting, 1963. Articles and Essays include the constituent essays of Search for the Real in the Visual Arts and Other Essays and others on theoretical aspects of painting, Alfred Maurer, and Charles W. Hawthorne. Talks and Lectures consist of notes, outlines, and some complete texts of Hofmann's speeches. Miscellaneous Writings are shorter, informative pieces, mostly unpublished. Representative titles include: "I Am Often Asked to Explain My Work," 1946, and "About the Relation of Students and Teachers," undated Poems by Hofmann include some written to Miz. Notes and Lists include notes on specific works of art and lists of paintings for exhibitions, framing, and shipping.

Financial Records, 1927-1966 (Series 4, unfilmed), consist mainly of banking records and tax returns with supporting documentation. There are also statements of assets and liabilities, and a few subject files concerning financial matters such as "House Expenses," "Social Security," and "University of California-Financial Standing With." Additional tax records are among the documents of the Estate of Hans Hofmann (Series 9), and expenses are recorded in his 1932 appointment book (Series 5).

Miscellaneous Records, 1906-1966, undated (Series 5) include Addresses and Appointment Books. Artifacts (unfilmed) are a leather wallet and 6 photogravure blocks. Artwork consists of 4 sketches and block prints of 3 red shapes, one the numeral 5. Included with Biographical Information are birth and marriage certificates, immigration and naturalization papers, wills, Hofmann and Wolfegg family documents, biographical notes and chronologies, and a bibliography of writings on and by Hofmann. Interview Transcripts are of 3 interviews with Hofmann conducted for various purposes. Sales Records include lists of paintings sold through galleries and privately, and a list of prices computed by canvas size.

Photographs, circa 1925-1966, undated (Series 6) are of People, Events, Places, Works of Art, and Miscellaneous Subjects; also, Oversize Photographs. People include views of Hofmann alone and with Miz, students, and others; Miz Hofmann; Renate Schmitz Hofmann; and Hofmann family . Also, there are pictures of identified and unidentified individuals and groups. Event recorded are "Forum 49" at Gallery 200, exhibition installations, openings, and ceremonies for honorary degrees awarded Hofmann. Photographs of places include Miz Hofmann's Munich apartment, interior and exterior views of Hofmann's Provincetown house, exterior of the Provincetown school, Hofmann's New York studio, and unidentified houses and landscapes. Travel pictures are of Italy, Mexico, California [?], and unidentified locations. Photographs of works of art by Hofmann are mainly 35-mm color slides of works executed 1935-1965 (unfilmed). There are also photographs of works by other artists and Hofmann students. Teaching materials are photographs of Old Masters paintings, drawings, and Classical sculpture, some marked to indicate line, form, or proportion. Miscellaneous subjects are a dog, cat, and doll; also, cover design for Search for the Real in the Visual Arts. The oversize photographs include portraits of Hans Hofmann and Miz, and works of art by Hofmann students.

Printed Matter, 1930-1978, undated (Series 7), contains articles, essays and a letter to the editor by Hans Hofmann; the remaining material by other authors is categorized by type. Exhibition Catalogs and Related Items (mainly announcements and invitations), 1931-1978, undated, are from group and solo shows that featured the work of Hans Hofmann; also, catalogs and announcements of other artists' exhibitions collected by Hofmann (unfilmed). Newspaper clippings and articles from periodicals include reviews, feature articles, articles with brief references to Hofmann or reproductions of his work, and obituaries. Others are on art-related topics and miscellaneous subjects [unfilmed]. Miscellaneous printed matter includes a variety of items such as brochures about art courses (not Hofmann school), reproductions of works by Hofmann and other artists, book prospectuses, and statements. Art Museum: A Center for Cultural Study, a prospectus showing models and drawings of the proposed University Art Museum, Berkeley, notes the location of its Maria and Hans Hofmann Wing. A Scrapbook, 1944-1962, contains clipping, exhibition reviews, and some catalogs, checklists, and invitations. Nineteen books [unfilmed] mentioning or about Hofmann are a part of this series.

Hans Hofmann's Library (Series 8, unfilmed) of art books and general literature was acquired with his papers. Inscribed and annotated volumes have been retained. Books about or mentioning Hofmann are among Printed Matter (Series 7). All other books and periodicals (376 items) were transferred to the Library of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum.

Estate of Hans Hofmann, 1945-1974, undated (Series 9), consists of records of Hofmann's attorney and co-executor, Robert Warshaw, and includes correspondence and legal documents concerning taxes, the Provincetown house, and miscellaneous business matters.

Papers of Renate Schmitz Hofmann, 1962-1967, undated (Series 10), include notes, correspondence, condolence letters and records regarding Hans Hofmann's funeral, and information about the theft of Hofmann paintings from his Provincetown house in 1966.

Other Hans Hofmann Papers, 1929-1976 (1.65 linear ft.) are owned by The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (Collection number: BANC MSS 80/27 c). An inventory is available on The Bancroft Library's website at http//www.lib.berkeley.edu/BANC/

Arrangement and Series Description

The Hans Hofmann papers are arranged into 10 series. Correspondence (Series 1) and Financial Records (Series 4) are arranged alphabetically by folder title. Each of the other series is divided into several subseries, with the arrangement described in detail in the Series Descriptions. Unless noted otherwise, material within each folder is arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms. People, families and organizations are listed under "Names" when they are creators or contributors and under "Subjects" when they are the topic of collection contents.

Subjects:

  • Hofmann, Maria, 1885-1963
  • Hofmann, Renate Schmitz, 1930-1992
  • Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art schools -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Art schools -- Massachusetts -- Provincetown
  • Abstract expressionism
  • Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Study and teaching
  • Art teachers
  • Art students -- New York (State) -- New York

Types of Materials:

  • Photographs
  • Works of art
  • Slides (photographs)

Provenance

Renate Schmitz Hofmann, widow of the artist, donated to the Archives of American Art 313 35-mm color slides of work by Hans Hofmann in 1974. The remainder of the collection was a gift of the Estate of Hans Hofmann in 1997. In 2006 additional manuscripts, notes and illustrations for Das Malerbuch: Form und Farbe in der Gestaltung by Hofmann were received from the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.

Separated and Related Materials

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).

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed by Catherine S. Gaines in 2001.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy. Use of the unmicrofilmed portion requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D. C. research facility.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Hans Hofmann papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

The bulk of the collection is available on 35mm microfilm reels 5801-5811 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.

How to Cite this Collection

Hans Hofmann papers, circa 1904-1978 (bulk 1945-1965). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence, 1914-1966, undated
(Boxes 1-3; 3.0 linear ft.; Reels 5801-5804)

The correspondence of Hans Hofmann consists mainly of incoming letters about personal and professional matters. Correspondents include museums, galleries, art dealers, collectors, former students, art historians, critics, fans, friends, and relatives. This series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and also includes a few subject files (e.g. "Autograph Requests," "Car Accident," and "War Compensation"). Although the date of Hofmann's reply is often noted on letters received, outgoing letters are limited to a small number of drafts and carbon copies. Because Hofmann's wife, Miz, often handled his business affairs and was friendly with his former students, many letters are addressed to her. Letters in foreign languages-mostly German, but some in Italian and French-are noted.

Correspondents include Art of This Century Gallery (Peggy Guggenheim), Baltimore Museum of Art, Hofmann's dealer Samuel M. Kootz , the Museum of Modern Art, Mortimer Brandt Gallery (Betty Parsons), Betty Parsons Gallery, Howard Putzel of 67 Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art. Their letters document arrangements for Hofmann's major exhibitions and also concern the loan, sale, and donation of paintings.

With the exception of a file titled "War Compensation," correspondence is limited to the years of Hofmann's residence in the United States. "War Compensation" correspondence and related records, 1912-1923, concern Hofmann's claim against the German government for personal property-including works of art-removed from his Paris apartment in 1914 while he was in Corsica. Correspondence documents attempts to learn the fate of his paintings and the claims process. Correspondents are painter Rudolph Levy, who may have sold Hofmann's paintings and possessions during the time he sublet the apartment; sculptor Eugen Steinhof, Monsieur Haven and Hermann Hailer, who would assist with the claim; and the Bund des Auslandsdeutschen, Bavarian Section. Supporting documentation consists of leases for his Paris apartment and a floorplan, drawn by Hofmann, that indicates placement of furniture and includes an inventory of possessions,including works of art, with values for each item.

Small quantities of additional correspondence are filed with other series. School of Fine Arts Records (Series 2) include inquiries from prospective students, requests for transcripts and recommendations; Immigration and Naturalization Service approval of the school, correspondence about foreign students and correspondence with the Veterans Administration. Financial Records (Series 4) contain correspondence with the American Express Company, the Social Security Administration, and several banks. Estate Records (Series 9) include correspondence regarding taxes, Hofmann's Provincetown house, and legal matters concerning settlement of his estate. Papers of Renate Schmitz Hofmann (Series 10) include personal and estate correspondence, as well as condolence letters.

Box Reel
1 5801 Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated, 1963
1 5801 Academia Tiberina (in Italian), 1965
1 5801 Acme Laundry Company, 1958
1 5801 Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 1947-1964
1 5801 Adelphi College, 1963
1 5801 Advisory Committee on the Arts, Department of State (See: Department of State, Advisory Committee on the Arts)
1 5801 Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Nurnberg (in German), 1962-1965
1 5801 Alberts, Jean Debran, 1955
1 5801 Albright Art Gallery, 1958
1 5801 Larry Aldrich Museum, 1965
1 5801 Allard Corporation, 1958
1 5801 Allied Artists of West Virginia, 1958
1 5801 Allied Publications, Inc., 1963
1 5801 Ambassador of India, undated
1 5801 American Council on Education, Committee on Leaders and Specialists, 1958
1 5801 American Federation of Arts, 1952-1965
1 5801 American Republic Insurance Company, 1965
1 5801 American Society for Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Inc., 1958
1 5801 American University, 1954-1955
1 5801 Anderson-Mayer Gallery (See: Galerie Anderson-Mayer)
1 5801 Andover Art Studio, 1958
1 5801 Apostolides, Zoe, 1960, 1963
1 5801 Architectural League of New York, 1958
1 5801 Archives of American Art, 1959-1965
1 5801 Armstead, Jean, 1959
1 5801 Art Center Association, 1947
1 5801 Art Digest, 1930-1946
1 5801 Art Gallery of Toronto, 1962
1 5801 Art Institute of Chicago, 1943-1963, undated
1 5801 Art International, 1965
1 5801 Art News, 1958-1963
1 5801 Art of This Century, 1944
1 5801 Art Patrons League of Mobile, 1964
1 5801 Art Students League of New York, 1944, 1957
1 5801 Artist Tenants Association, 1964
1 5801 "Artists' Annual," 1957
1 5801 Artists' Committee for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1963
1 5801 Artists' Committee to Free Siquieros, 1962
1 5801 Artists Equity Association, 1952
1 5801 Artists for CARE, 1963
1 5801 Arts & Architecture, 1945
1 5801 Arts Center Committee of Henry Street Settlement, 1964
1 5801 Arts Club of Chicago, 1944-1946
1 5801 Artz, Mr., 1956-1964
1 5801 Asher, Elise (See: Kunitz, Stanley and Elise Asher)
1 5801 Ashton, Dore, 1960
1 5801 Atkins Museum of Fine Arts (See: William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art)
1 5801 Atlanta Art Institute, 1961
1 5801 Audubon Artists, Inc., 1962
1 5801 Autograph Requests, 1958-1965
1 5801 Axley, Martha F., 1963
1 5801 N. W. Ayer & Son, Inc., 1957
1 5801 Balance, 1957
1 5801 Baltimore Museum of Art, 1953-1965, undated
1 5801 Barr, M.G. and R.V. Repogle, 1960, 1965
1 5801 Bartas, Armand, Jr., undated
1 5801 F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, 1961, 1965
1 5801 Bartok, Jean, 1957
1 5801 Bayerthal, F. L. (in German), 1962-1963
1 5801 Baziotes, William and Ethel, 1949
1 5801 Beale, Paulette, 1932-1959
1 5801 Beaumont, Mona, 1958
1 5801 Bennington College, 1955-1956
1 5801 Berg, Stephen, 1957
1 5801 Berkman, Florence, 1957, 1963
1 5801 Berlad, Anne, 1964
1 5801 Bevin, Alice C., 1964
1 5801 Bezirksfürsorgeverband München Stadt, Wohlfahrts-und Jugendamt (in German), 1934-1935
1 5801 Billmeyer, Willialm and Nieves, 1960-1965
1 5801 Binder, Joseph and Carla, 1966, undated
1 5801 Birmingham Museum of Art, 1954, 1958
1 5801 Bleich, Alan Ralph, 1963
1 5801 Blu Gallery (See: Galeria Blu)
1 5801 Boakey, Dorothy, 1965
1 5801 Boaz, Helen, 1962
1 5801 Bogdonovitch, George J., 1958
1 5801 Boloff's Catalogue of Modern Art, 1966
1 5801 Bolmeier, Jane, 1963
1 5801 Booth, Cameron, 1962-1963
1 5801 Boston Council for International Visitors, 1964
1 5801 Bouchard, Diane, 1963
1 5801 Boxer, Jean, 1963
1 5801 Bradley, Mary, 1963
1 5801 Brandeis University (See: Rose Art Museum)
1 5801 Mortimer Brandt Gallery, 1946
1 5801 Brechemin, Louis, 1938-1939, undated
1 5801 Breeskin, Adelyn (See also: Baltimore Museum of Art; Washington Gallery of Modern Art), 1964
1 5801 Brichter, Yela, 1965
1 5801 Brigadier, Anne and Maurice, 1958
1 5801 Brooklyn Museum, 1963
1 5801 Brown, May and Everett, 1963-1965
1 5801 Budnick, Sidney Gordon, 1964
1 5801 Buffalo Fine Arts Academy (See: Albright Art Gallery)
1 5801 Bultman, Fritz, 1963-1965, undated
1 5801 Bund des Auslandsdeutschen, Bavarian Section (See: War Compensation)
1 5801 Calder, Alexander, 1946
1 5801 California School of Fine Arts, 1957-1958
1 5801 Car Accident, 1960
1 5801 Carles, Arthur B., 1934, undated
1 5801 Carnegie Institute, 1959
1 5801 Carosso, Roberta, 1961
1 5801 Louis Carré & Co. (See: Galerie Louis Carré & Co.)
1 5801 Cassel, Frank, 1963-1964
1 5801 Catalogo Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea (in Italian), 1963
1 5801 Catalogue Integral des Travaux de Jean Dubuffet (in French), 1965
1 5801 Catusco, Louis, 1963
1 5801 Caudell, Paul, 1964
1 5801 Cavallon, Giorgio and Linda, 1963-1964
1 5801 Cerf, Phyllis (Mrs. Bennett), 1963
1 5801 Channel 5, WABD, 1958
1 5801 Chapin, David and Barbara, 1964
1 5801 Chen, Jeannette, 1958-1964
1 5801 Christ-Janner, Albert (See also: Pratt Institute), 1959
1 5801 Chrysler Art Museum of Provincetown, 1961-1964
1 5801 Chrysler, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Percy, Jr., 1958
1 5801 City Center of Music and Drama, Inc., 1958
1 5801 City of New York, Fire Department, 1957
1 5801 Clark, Lucile S. (Mrs. Alden Witcomb), 1965
1 5801 Clarke, Allan Hugh, undated
1 5801 Clendenin, Eve, 1958-1964
1 5801 Cleveland Center for the Arts, 1964
1 5801 Colin, Ralph J., Jr., undated
1 5801 Collectors Gallery, Inc., 1965
1 5801 College of Complexes, 1958
1 5801 Collier's Encyclopedia, 1960
1 5801 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), 1963-1965, undated
1 5801 Connecticut Watercolor Society, Inc., 1957
1 5801 Contemporary American Artists, 1958
1 5801 Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, 1958
1 5801 Contemporary Portfolios, Inc. (See also: Hollander Workshop Gallery), 1966
1 5801 Contemporary Slides, 1957
1 5801 Copley, Alfred Lewin, 1945
1 5801 Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1962-1963
1 5801 CORE (See: Congress of Racial Equality)
1 5801 Cornell University (See: John Dickson White Museum of Art)
1 5801 Creation in Form and Color correspondence with publishers and about copyright, 1931
1 5801 Raymond Creuze Tableaux Modernes (in French), 1957
1 5801 Crotty, Frank H., 1964-1965
1 5801 Cutler, Grayce E. (Grayce C. Solomon), 1965
1 5801 Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1944, 1965
1 5801 Dane, Eva Maria, 1960
1 5801 Darling, Gilbert, 1944
1 5801 Dartmouth College, 1962-1963
1 5801 Davidow, Rhoda (Mrs. Ernest P.), 1964
1 5801 Davis, Ted, 1958
1 5801 Frank A. Days & Sons, 1959
1 5801 Dayton Art Institute, 1962
1 5801 Delaney, Margaret (Mrs. Ward), 1965
1 5801 Delgado Museum of Art, 1964
1 5801 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 1963
1 5801 Des Moines Art Center, 1960-1965
1 5801 Department of State, Advisory Committee on the Arts, 1960-1961
1 5801 Design Students Association, Institute of Design (Illinois Institute of Technology), 1958-1959
1 5801 Detre, Roland (in German), 1959
1 5801 Detroit Institute of Arts, 1950
1 5801 Dick, Anna Gilles (Mrs. Nathan D.), 1963
1 5801 Donnelley, Helen, 1944, 1961-1963
1 5801 Donovan, Mr., 1957
1 5801 Donovetsky, Ivan, 1957-1964
1 5802 Donovetsky, Ivan, cont'd. 1957-1964
1 5802 Douaihy, Saliba, 1965
1 5802 Dreyfuss, Lily (Mrs. William), 1963-1965
1 5802 Dubuffet, Jean (in French), 1952, 1960
1 5802 Dudley Management Corp., 1959
1 5802 Duross Company (145 West 14th St. apartment), 1958-1960
1 5802 Eastman, Lee V., 1962
1 5802 Edizioni d'Arte Fratelli Pozzo (in Italian), 1960-1965
1 5802 Edwards, Oscar, 1954, 1961
1 5802 Edwards, Sibyl (Mrs. W. C., Jr.), 1963-1964
1 5802 Eisenhart, Lucy, undated
1 5802 Ellsworth, Paul and Shirleen, 1949, 1960
1 5802 Exhibition Momentum, 1957
1 5802 Faltitschek, Joseph (partially in German), 1959-1964, undated
1 5802 Faulkner, Philippa, 1963
1 5802 Febich, Lynn Duke (Mrs. H. W.), 1962
1 5802 Feinstein, Samuel L., 1952, 1965
1 5802 Ferdman, Joe, 1964
1 5802 Fiedler, Arnold (in German), 1962-1964, undated
1 5802 Finch College Museum of Art, 1965
1 5802 Fine, P., undated
1 5802 Fischer, Wilhelm L., 1962
1 5802 Fleischman, Peri, 1964
1 5802 Fleischmann, Katie, 1964
1 5802 Fleiss, Max, 1958
1 5802 Fletcher, Trudi, 1963
1 5802 Follett, Jean F., 1963-1965
1 5802 Ford Foundation, 1958, 1962
1 5802 Fort Worth Art Center, 1959
1 5802 Fortune, 1962
1 5802 Francis, Muriel, 1946, 1964, undated
1 5802 Frankenthaler, Helen (See: Motherwell, Robert and Helen Frankenthaler)
1 5802 Freed, Lillian and William, 1963
1 5802 Freeland, Clare (Mrs. Frank), 1958
1 5802 Friborg, Stan and Dodie, 1964
1 5802 Friends of the Museum of Modern Art Emergency Committee, 1958
1 5802 Fullingly, Kurt, 1945
1 5802 Futter, Joy (Mrs. Thomas M.), 1963
1 5802 Gahagan, James, 1957-1964
1 5802 Galerie Anderson-Mayer, 1963-1965, undated
1 5802 Galerie des Artes (in German), 1963
1 5802 Galerie Louis Carré Co., 1950
1 5802 Galerie Maeght (in French), 1952, undated
1 5802 Gallagher, Edward J., Jr., 1960
1 5802 Galleria Blu, 1963
1 5802 Geldzahler, Henry, 1965
1 5802 Germanisches National Museum (partially in German), 1959-1963, undated
1 5802 Gibson, Roland, 1964
1 5802 Glusman, Sidney, 1962-1965, undated
1 5802 Goetz, Amanda (in German), 1964
1 5802 Golden, Barbara (Mrs. Stanley), 1964
1 5802 Goldwater, Robert, 1952
1 5802 Goodman, Laura, 1960
1 5802 Goodnough, Robert, 1960
1 5802 Gordon, H. Billings, undated
1 5802 Greenberg, Dorothy (Mrs. Sam), 1961-1964
1 5802 Gregory, Bruce, 1958
1 5802 Guggenheim, Peggy (See: Art of This Century Gallery)
1 5802 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1961-1964
Box Reel
2 5802 Haddad, Jennie, 1958
2 5802 Haftmann, Werner (in German), 1959
2 5802 Hailer, Dr. Hermann (See: War Compensation)
2 5802 Haley, John, 1960-1964
2 5802 Hamilton, Frank O., 1960-1965, undated
2 5802 Hampton, Toni, 1961
2 5802 Harper's Bazaar, 1948
2 5802 Harriton, Abe and Estelle, 1964-1966
2 5802 Hartigan, Grace (See: Price, Grace Hartigan)
2 5802 Harvard University, 1964
2 5802 Hasenecker, Maria, 1962
2 5802 Hauck, Janet (Mrs. Fred), 1960
2 5802 Haven, Monsieur (See: War Compensation)
2 5802 Hawthorne, Jo, 1952
2 5802 Hayes, Bartlett, undated
2 5802 Haynes, M. Lucile, 1963
2 5802 Fernand Hazen Éditeur (partially in French), 1955-1956
2 5802 Heisler, Harry B., 1959, 1964
2 5802 Helmsley-Spear, Inc., 1959-1964
2 5802 Hendel, Josef (in German), 1957-1964
2 5802 Henri, Florence (in German), 1964
2 5802 Hentzen, Alfred (in German), 1960
2 5802 Herberg, M.(in German), 1965
2 5802 Herma, Hans, 1963
2 5802 Hillman, Kay, 1963
2 5802 Hodges, Alice, 1962
2 5802 Hoenigsberg, Robert and Helga (partially in German), 1963-1965
2 5802 Hoffmann, Werner (in German), 1962
2 5802 Hofmann Foundation, 1958-1964
2 5802 Hofmann, Franziskoi (niece "Bobi") (in German), 1958-1966
2 5802 Hofmann, Hans-Theo (nephew) (in German), 1951-1965
2 5802 Hofmann, Käthe (sister-in-law) (in German), 1951-1966
2 5802 Hofmann, Maria ("Miz") Wolfegg (in German), 1938-1939, undated
2 5802 Hofmann, Maria ("Miz") Wolfegg, Death-Condolence Letters, A-Z, 1963
(3 folders)
2 5802 Hofmann, Maria ("Miz") Wolfegg, Death-Floral Tributes, A-Z, 1963
2 5802 Hofmann, Maria ("Miz") Wolfegg, Death-Miscellaneous Correspondence and Records, 1963
2 5802 Hofmann, Renate Schmitz (See: Schmitz, Renate)
2 5802 Holiday, 1959
2 5802 Hollander Workshop Gallery (See also: Contemporary Portfolios, Inc.), 1965
2 5802 Hopkins Center (See: Dartmouth College)
2 5802 Holst, Bill, 1959
2 5802 Huck, Peggy, undated
2 5802 Hunter, Sam (See: Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University)
2 5802 Indian Ambassador (See: Ambassador of India)
2 5802 Illinois Institute of Technology (See: Design Students Association, Institute of Design)
2 5802 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1963
2 5802 Institute of International Education, 1958
2 5802 International Center of Aesthetic Research, 1962-1963
2 5802 International Who's Who, 1964
2 5802 Ireland, Ben L., 1964
2 5802 Iseman, Marjorie (Mrs. Joseph), 1961
2 5802 Israel, Alfred, 1965
2 5802 Israel Institute of Technology, Inc. (See: American Society for Technion)
2 5802 It Is Magazine, 1965
2 5802 Jackson, Martha, 1964-1965
2 5802 Jacobs, Kenneth M., 1962
2 5802 Jaffe, Irma B., 1965
2 5802 Sidney Janis Gallery, 1963
2 5802 Janss, Anne and Bill, 1964
2 5802 Jensen, Margaret, undated
2 5802 Jewell, Edward Alden, 1945
2 5802 Johnson, Buffie, 1957-1964
2 5802 Johnson, David S., 1963
2 5802 Johnston, Maggie, 1965
2 5802 Jones, Alfred E., Jr., 1955
2 5802 Jones, Bob, 1962
2 5802 Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 1952
2 5802 Kanovitz, Howard and Mary, 1965
2 5802 Kaprow, Allan, 1957, 1964
2 5802 Tizca Karlis Gallery, 1963, 1965
2 5802 Kasle, Gertrude, 1964
2 5802 Katzen, Lila, 1963
2 5802 W. R. Keating & Co., Inc., 1960
2 5802 Kelemen, Emil (See: Zilzer, Byula and Emil Kelemen)
2 5802 Kennedy, Janet, undated
2 5802 Kepes, Gyorgy, 1963
2 5802 Kiesler, Frederick J., undated
2 5802 Kingsland, James, 1957
2 5802 Kinzinger, Edward(in German), 1958
2 5802 Knox, Seymour H., 1959
2 5802 Koch, Erik and Barbara, 1964
2 5802 Koler, Hannah, 1958, 1964
2 5802 Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, 1941-1966, undated
2 5803 Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, cont'd., 1941-1966, undated
2 5803 Kotin, Albert, 1964
2 5803 Krannert Art Museum (See: University of Illinois)
2 5803 Kuh, Katharine, 1961
2 5803 Kunitz, Stanley and Elise Asher, 1963
2 5803 Kuper, Rose, 1963
2 5803 La Selle, Dorothy Antoinette, 1959-1965
2 5803 Lane, William H., 1953-1957, undated
2 5803 Larsen, Marie (Mrs. Bror), 1962
2 5803 Lazarus, Lois, 1957-1958
2 5803 Lazarus, Marvin P., 1962, 1964
2 5803 Lembach, John, 1964
2 5803 Lempertz of Cologne, Inc., 1965
2 5803 Leonard, Jack, 1961
2 5803 Lescaze, William and Mary, 1956-1964
2 5803 Levinson, Jo Ann List, 1964
2 5803 Levy, Dr. and Mrs., 1961
2 5803 Levy, Rudolph (See: War Compensation)
2 5803 Lewis, Paul G., 1959
2 5803 Life, 1957, 1963
2 5803 Abraham Lincoln High School, Brooklyn, 1952
2 5803 Linker, Anne, 1947
2 5803 Linn, Mr. and Mrs. John, 1960
2 5803 A. J. Lipp Litho Co., 1958
2 5803 Lister, Jeanne, 1960
2 5803 Little, John, 1958
2 5803 Loden, Frieda Santz (in German), 1964
2 5803 Longview Foundation, Inc., 1958-1963, undated
2 5803 Look, 1948-1959
2 5803 Loran, Erle (See also: University of California, Berkeley-Gifts of Paintings and Museum Wing; University of California, Berkeley-Honorary Degree), 1956-1965, undated
2 5803 Loriot, G., 1956
2 5803 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1951, 1965
2 5803 Louisiana State University, 1964
2 5803 Low, Fritz and Mathilde, 1961-1964
2 5803 Lund, Lyle P., 1957-1962
2 5803 Lust, Herbert, 1959, 1962
2 5803 Macdonald, James W. G., 1949
2 5803 Macnaughton, Alan A., 1957, undated
2 5803 Mademoiselle, 1955-1958
2 5803 Maeght Gallery (See: Galerie Maeght)
2 5803 Magazine of Art, 1952
2 5803 Mansfield, Nancy, undated
2 5803 Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, 1963
2 5803 Mayor's Advisory Committee for the Aged, 1957
2 5803 McGraw, Durban A., 1945
2 5803 McMullen, Marilyn Earls, 1959
2 5803 McNeil, George, 1957-1965
2 5803 Megan, Paul J., 1960
2 5803 Mercer, Phyllis and George, 1963, 1965
2 5803 Messer, Tom and Remi, 1965
2 5803 Metro, 1962
2 5803 Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1951-1952
2 5803 Michaels, Barbara (Mrs. Arthur), 1963
2 5803 Milius, Tom, 1941-1945
2 5803 Miller, Agnes L. Hood, undated
2 5803 Miller, Dorothy, 1960, 1962
2 5803 Milwaukee Art Institute/Milwaukee Arts Center, 1944-1962
2 5803 Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1961
2 5803 Minneapolis School of Art, 1964
2 5803 Mnuchin, Leon A., undated
2 5803 Modern Art Annual, 1950
2 5803 Momentum (See: Exhibition Momentum)
2 5803 Montclair Art Museum, 1952
2 5803 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1963
2 5803 Morgan, Maude, 1964, undated
2 5803 Motherwell, Robert and Helen Frankenthaler, 1958-1964
2 5803 Moufang, Wilhelm (in German), 1958
2 5803 Mueller, Peggy (Mrs. George W. Haldeman), 1957
2 5803 Müller, Dody, 1962-1963
2 5803 Mundt, Ernest, 1963
2 5803 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1957-1958
2 5803 Münter, Gabriele (in German), 1954
2 5803 Murchison, Carl and Dorotea, 1965
2 5803 Musée des Arts Décoratifs (in French), 1960-1961
2 5803 Museum des 20.Jahrhunderts (partially in German), 1961
2 5803 Museum of Modern Art (See also: Friends of the Museum of Modern Art Emergency Committee; National Committee on Art Education, Museum of Modern Art), 1951-1966
(3 folders)
2 5803 Namuth, Hans, 1963-1964
2 5803 Napoli, Giuseppe, 1965
2 5803 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1964
2 5803 National Citizens for Johnson and Humphrey, 1964
2 5803 National Committee on Art Education (Museum of Modern Art), 1958
2 5803 National Council For U. S. Art, Inc., 1955
2 5803 National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1963-1965
2 5803 Neff, Wallace, 1965
2 5803 William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, 1964
2 5803 Neue Galerie im Künstler Haus München (in German), 1962-1963, undated
2 5803 New England Council for Economic Development, 1958-1959
2 5803 New England Telephone, 1963
2 5803 New York Clinic for Mental Health Art Sale, 1961
2 5803 New York Graphic Society, Inc., 1965
2 5803 New York Herald Tribune, 1963
2 5803 New York State Council on the Arts, 1951
2 5803 New York Studio School, 1965
2 5803 New York Telephone Company, 1958
2 5803 New York Times, 1964
2 5803 New York University, 1957
2 5803 Newbill, Al, 1965
2 5803 Newman, Barnett, 1965
2 5803 Newsweek, 1961, 1964
2 5803 Niswanger, Herbert (in German), 1963
2 5803 Nordness Gallery, 1962
2 5803 Novelli, Anna Maria, 1964
Box Reel
3 5803 O'Connor, Elizabeth, 1965
3 5803 O'Connor, Francis V., 1964
3 5803 Oertly, Alda, 1943-1965
3 5803 Ohio Wesleyan University, 1958
3 5803 Olsen, Fred H., 1958, 1965
3 5803 Oregon State University, 1961
3 5803 Otis, Kathryn, undated
3 5803 Pagán, Evelyn, 1964
3 5803 Betty Parsons Gallery, 1947, 1957
3 5803 Pataky, Tibor, 1963
3 5803 Patnaik, Debra Prasad, 1966
3 5803 Pavia, Philip, 1959-1960
3 5803 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1954, 1965
3 5803 Person, Dr., undated
3 5803 Phillips, Marlene, 1960
3 5803 Phoenix Art Museum, 1963-1964
3 5803 Pictures on Exhibit, 1947
3 5803 Pierce, Earl, 1961-1962
3 5803 Pittsburgh Board of Public Education, 1947
3 5803 Plaskett, Joseph, 1950
3 5803 Poindexter, Sterling, 1945-1959
3 5803 Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel, 1956, 1963
3 5803 Powell, Diane, 1959
3 5803 Pratt Institute, 1962, 1965
3 5803 Price, Grace Hartigan, 1963-1964
3 5803 Project Sigma, 1965
3 5803 Provincetown Art Association, 1945-1965
3 5803 Provincetown Symphony Orchestra, 1965
3 5803 Puma Gallery, 1943, undated
3 5803 Putzel, Howard and Estelle Putzel (mother), 1944-1945
3 5803 Querido, John and Zita, 1960-1965
3 5803 Rehbuck, Joseph (in German), 1962-1963
3 5803 Reichstmmer der bildenden künste (in German), 1937
3 5803 Reiter, Anna, 1957
3 5803 Repogle, R. V. (See: Barr, M. G. and R. B. Repogle)
3 5803 Richter, Hans (in German), 1958
3 5803 Richmond Artists Association, 1957
3 5803 Riesenfeld, Victor S., 1945
3 5803 Riportella, Vincent, 1964
3 5803 M. F. Roach Company, 1964
3 5803 Robertson, Foster, 1965
3 5803 Esther Robles Galley, 1958
3 5803 Rogers, Mary, 1959, 1963
3 5803 Roh, Franz (in German), 1960, 1962
3 5803 Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 1962-1964
3 5803 Rosenberg, Harold and Maynatalie, 1958-1965, undated
3 5803 Rosenberg, Patia, 1963-1965
3 5803 Rosenman and Colin (See: University of California, Berkeley-Gifts of Paintings and Museum Wing)
3 5803 Rosenman, Samuel I., 1964
3 5803 Rosenthal, Gertrude (See also: Baltimore Museum of Art), 1954-1965
3 5803 Rosner, 1962
3 5803 Roth, Sydney M., 1963
3 5803 Rothschild, Judith, 1963
3 5803 Rowohlts Deutsche Enzyklopädie (in German), 1962, 1964
3 5803 Rudershausen, Jutta (in German), 1962
3 5803 Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, 1963
3 5803 Russi, Gertrude K. (Mrs. Simon), 1962
3 5803 Ryder, Cornelia (Mrs. Worth), 1960-1961
3 5803 Sachs, Adele, 1958
3 5803 Sachs, Edith J., 1958
3 5803 Sahl, Hans, 1952-1963
3 5803 Saltonstall, Nathaniel, 1964
3 5803 Sampson, Atlanta, 1963
3 5803 San Antonio Art Institute, 1965
3 5803 San Francisco Art Institute, 1962
3 5803 San Francisco Museum of Art, 1943-1947
3 5803 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1959-1964
3 5803 Sawyer, Kenneth B., 1960
3 5803 Scheier, Edwin and Mary, 1964
3 5803 Schlien, Helen (Mrs. John M.), 1964
3 5803 Schmailzl, Christine (in German), 1964
3 5803 Schitmz, Renate (in German), 1964-1965, undated
3 5803 Schreyer, Greta, 1958
3 5803 Schrier, N. (in German), 1957
3 5803 Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, Inc., 1957
3 5803 Clinton W. Schwambe & Co., Inc., 1957-1964
3 5803 Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1960-1966
3 5803 Seestaller, Sofie (in German), 1947
3 5803 Segui, Shinichi, 1964
3 5803 Seitz, William and Irma (See also: Museum of Modern Art), 1952-1965
3 5803 Der Senator für Volksbildung (in German), 1962-1963
3 5803 Shaier, Mary, 1964
3 5803 Shiras, Howard H. (Hoyt), 1958
3 5803 Siegel, Florence, 1959
3 5803 Siegel, Jeanne, undated
3 5803 Sigma (See: Project Sigma)
3 5803 Signa Gallery, 1958
3 5803 Silvermine Guild School of Art, 1958
3 5803 Simon and Schuster, undated
3 5803 67 Gallery (See: Putzel, Howard)
3 5803 Simpson, Nancy, 1958-1959
3 5803 Sles, Stephen, 1957-1964
3 5803 Slotnik, Merv, 1964
3 5803 Slutsky, Eugene Harvey, 1965
3 5803 Smithers, Mary Lou, 1963-1964
3 5804 Smithers, Mary Lou, cont'd., 1963-1964
3 5804 Snow, A. M., undated
3 5804 Sofro, Louis J., 1957
3 5804 Solinger, David (See also: Hofmann Foundation), 1958-1965
3 5804 Souchon, Marion, 1945
3 5804 Southern Illinois University, 1958
3 5804 Spanish Refugee Aid, Inc., 1960
3 5804 Sprinkling, Sondra, 1963
3 5804 Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (in German), 1962-1963, undated
3 5804 State Department (See: Department of State)
3 5804 State of Louisiana Art Commission, 1962
3 5804 State of New York Office for the Aging, 1964
3 5804 Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1961
3 5804 Steinhof, Eugen (See: War Compensation)
3 5804 Steinman, Anne, 1960, 1963
3 5804 Stengel, Walter (in German), 1957
3 5804 Stephan, W. H., 1951
3 5804 Stern, Rudolf, 1958, 1964
3 5804 Stevenson, Beulah, 1954
3 5804 Strauss, Willi (in German), 1962-1965
3 5804 De Studerendes Rad Kunstakademiets Maier-Og Billedhuggerskoler, 1961
3 5804 Sweeney, James Johnson, 1940-1945, undated
3 5804 Syracuse University, 1956-1966
3 5804 Tabachnik, Anne, 1961
3 5804 Talbert, Joe, 1961
3 5804 Tanager Gallery, 1958
3 5804 Terrain Gallery, 1958
3 5804 Texas State College for Women, 1944-1945
3 5804 Thomas, Charles A., 1964
3 5804 Thompson, Kay C. and Alden, 1964-1965
3 5804 Thurn, Ernest, 1963
3 5804 Time, 1957-1961
3 5804 Tougaloo Southern Christian College, 1963-1964
3 5804 Town Planning Associates, 1950
3 5804 Towson State College, 1965
3 5804 Tracy, Lois, 1962
3 5804 Trocchi, Alexander, 1964
3 5804 Tuchman, Maurice, 1959
3 5804 Tworkov, Jack and Wally, 1961-1964
3 5804 Tyler, Kenneth, 1966
3 5804 United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York, 1965
3 5804 University of California, Berkeley, 1964-1965
3 5804 University of California, Berkeley-Gifts of Paintings and Museum Wing (See also: Loran, Erle; Wessels, Glenn A. and Kay), 1961-1966
3 5804 University of California, Berkeley-Honorary Degree (See also: Loran, Erle; Wessels, Glenn A. and Kay), 1963-1964
3 5804 University of California, Los Angeles-Art Gallery (See: Wight, Frederick S.)
3 5804 University of California Press, 1957
3 5804 University of California, San Diego, 1964
3 5804 University of Illinois, 1944-1962
3 5804 University of Miami, 1961
3 5804 University of Michigan, 1958-1963
3 5804 University of Minnesota, 1951-1952
3 5804 University of Notre Dame, 1963
3 5804 University of Southern California, 1963
3 5804 University of Texas, 1945
3 5804 University of Utah, 1958
3 5804 University of Washington, 1961
3 5804 Utrecht Linen, 1961
3 5804 Van Dyke, Helen B., undated
3 5804 Van Hoorns, Mary, 1964
3 5804 Varady, Suzanne, 1958-1964
3 5804 Village Voice, 1958
3 5804 Virginia Museum of the Fine Arts, 1962
3 5804 Voggenauer, Kate (niece) (in German), 1963-1964
3 5804 Vogue, 1957-1965
3 5804 Von Guttry, Sophie (in German), undated
3 5804 Vytlacil, Vaclav, 1963
3 5804 WABD (See: Channel 5, WABD)
3 5804 Wadsworth Athenaeum, 1962
3 5804 Walden School, 1958
3 5804 Waldman, Paul, 1960
3 5804 Walker Art Center, 1951-1961
3 5804 Walker, Dr., 1949
3 5804 Walker, Hudson D., 1964
3 5804 War Compensation (in German and French), 1912-1923
3 5804 Ward, Virginia Shaw (Mrs. S. B.), undated
3 5804 Washington Gallery of Modern Art, 1963-1964
3 5804 Washington Square Village (52 West 8th St. apartment), 1958-1965, undated
3 5804 Watkins Gallery (See: American University)
3 5804 Watrous, James, 1956
3 5804 Weill, Guy A., 1960
3 5804 Weinbaum, Judith, 1946
3 5804 Weisgal, Fred E., 1965
3 5804 Wells, Mason B., 1958-1965, undated
3 5804 Wessels, Glenn A. and Kay 1964 (See also: University of California, Berkeley-Gifts of Paintings and Museum Wing; University of California, Berkeley-Honorary Degree), 1956-1964
3 5804 White House Festival of the Arts, 1965
3 5804 John Dickson White Museum of Art (Cornell University), 1959
3 5804 Whitney Museum of American Art, 1951-1965, undated
3 5804 Whitsett, William, 1956
3 5804 Wiener, Ingeborg and Paul, 1964
3 5804 Wight, Frederick S., 1956-1962
3 5804 Willard, Charlotte, 1958-1963
3 5804 Williams, Nina S., 1963
3 5804 Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, 1961
3 5804 Howard Wise Gallery, 1961
3 5804 Witter, Ella, 1963-1964
3 5804 WNCN Radio, 1963
3 5804 Wolf, Ben, 1963
3 5804 Wolsky, Milton, 1966
3 5804 Woodard, M. P., 1948
3 5804 Writers and Artists Project, 1965
3 5804 Württembergischer Kunstverein (in German), 1965
3 5804 The Yale Literary Magazine, 1955
3 5804 Yale University School of Art and Architecture, 1963
3 5804 William H. Young Insurance Company, 1963
3 5804 Zilzer, Byula and Emil Kelemen (in German), 1963
3 5804 Zogbaum, Wilfred, 1964
3 5804 Zwillinger, Vera B., undated
3 5804 Unknown (A-Z, unsigned and illegible), circa 1934-1965, undated
3 5804 Bill, 1963
3 5804 Dorothy, 1958, 1964
3 5804 Dorothy and Roddy, 1965
3 5804 Elyn, 1962
3 5804 Fifi (See: Brechemin, Louis)
3 5804 Frank, undated
3 5804 Fred, undated
3 5804 Hans, 1965
3 5804 Janet, undated
3 5804 Jenny and Clem, 1964, undated
3 5804 John, Ella, Jeff, Rodney, 1964, undated
3 5804 Joy, undated
3 5804 Joy and Marc, 1963, undated
3 5804 Katherine, 1934 or earlier
3 5804 Maria, undated
3 5804 Mary, 1966
3 5804 Mary and Eddie, 1963-1965, undated
3 5804 Meta, 1958, 1964
3 5804 Patricia and Stephen, 1963
3 5804 Paul, 1964
3 5804 Peter, Vita, Andrea, 1964
3 5804 Ronald, 1965
3 5804 Trude, 1963
3 5804 Unsigned and Illegible, 1944-1965, undated

Series 2: School of Fine Arts Records, 1915-1965, undated
(Boxes 4-5; 2.0 linear ft.; Reels 5804-5806)

The Hans Hofmann Schule für Bildende Kunst operated in Munich from 1915-1933. The very sparse extant records are small amount of printed matter and a financial document. The Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, was established in New York in 1933, and his summer school in Provincetown, Massachusetts, opened in 1934. Both closed in 1958, because after 43 consecutive years of teaching, Hofmann wanted to be able to paint full-time. Records of the New York and Provincetown schools are more extensive, but far from complete.

A small cache of records concerning Hofmann's school in Munich is supplemented by photographs (Series 6) containing views of Hans Hofmann with students during the 1920s, including some taken during a summer session in Capri, circa 1925. Travel photographs from the same period may have been taken while teaching summer courses in Europe. An undated, unidentified photograph of an exhibition installation in Germany may be school-related.

Records concerning Hofmann's schools in New York City and Provincetown, Mass., consist of administrative, financial, student, and miscellaneous records. Material postdating the schools' 1958 closings consist of letters of inquiry from prospective students and requests from former students for transcripts or recommendations. Additional letters from former students are with Correspondence (Series 1).

For the large part, student records were created and maintained by registrar James Gahagan and his staff. Student ledgers note date of first entry into day and evening courses and tuition paid. A variety of other information is also included in the student ledgers: number of class hours and fees for supplies are entered in vol. 1, vols. 2 and 3 record advance payments for summer school, lists of monitors and scholarships are included in vols. 3 and 4, and a partial roster of summer school students appears in vol. 4. Requests for transcripts and recommendations are addressed to Hofmann who appears to have handled these matters directly.

Among the miscellaneous items are a gouache painting by student Trude Baumann, and class notes of Dorothy G. Hales/Dorothy H. Gary.

This series is divided into 2 subseries:

2.1: Munich, 1915-1933

Box Reel
4 5804 Prospectuses, 1915-1916, 1933
4 5804 Financial Record, 1925
4 5804 "Italian Schools of Painting: The Renaissance in Italy," 1923

2.2: New York City and Provincetown, Mass., circa 1936-1965, undated

2.2.1: Administrative Records,
Box Reel
4 5804 Accreditation, 1952-1953
4 5804 Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1945, 1952
4 5804 Immigration and Naturalization Service-Approval of School and General Correspondence, 1953- 1964, undated
4 5804 Immigration and Naturalization Service-re: Foreign Students (A-Z, by year), 1953-1957
(2 folders)
4 5804-5805 Inquiries from Prospective Students, 1956-1965, undated
(4 folders)
4 5805 Model Bookings and Payments, 1955/56 and Summer 1957
4 5805 Office Procedure and Responsibilities, undated
4 5805 Prospectuses, circa 1936-1955/56, undated
4 5805 Veterans Administration, 1947-1953, undated
2.2.2: Financial Records,
Box Reel
4 5805 Expense Statements, 1948-1952
4 5805 Income, summer 1956
2.2.3: Student Records,
Box Reel
4 5805 Student Ledger, vol. 1: A-Z (disbound), 1946-1952
(2 folders)
4 5805 Student Ledger, vol. 2: 1952/53-1953/54
4 5805 Student Ledger, vol. 3: 1954/55
4 5805 Student Ledger vol. 4: 1955/56
4 5805 Registration and Payment Records, 1952/53-1955/56
(1 folder and 1 card file)
Box Reel
5 5805 Summer School Registration and Payment Records, 1953-1958
(7 folders and 1 card file)
5 5805-5806 Requests for Transcripts and Recommendations (A-Z), 1947-1965
(13 folders)
2.2.4: Miscellaneous,
Box Reel
5 5806 Student Artwork, undated
5 5806 Student Notes, 1955-1956, undated

Series 3: Writings, circa 1904-1965, undated
(Boxes 6-7, 20-21; 2.6 linear ft.; Reels 5806-5808 and unfilmed)

This series includes published and unpublished manuscripts, drafts, revisions, and notes by Hofmann and other authors, organized by type-books, articles and essays, etc. Hans Hofmann wrote extensively about his philosophy of painting, about himself as a teacher and an artist, and about modern art. Writings by other authors are mainly about Hofmann and modern art.

Books, arranged alphabetically by title, include manuscripts, drafts, and revisions. Considered Hofmann's most important text, Das Malerbuch: Form und Farbe in Gestaltung, circa 1904-1952[?], is an instructional primer begun in Paris circa 1904 and added to over many years. It remains unpublished. An English translation, Creation in Form and Color, was made by Glenn Wessels in 1931. Peggy Huck's translation, The Supersensitory Origin of Painting, was completed in 1931. After microfilming was completed, several versions of Das Malerbuch and the two English translations were received from the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust in 2006. Search for the Real and Other Essays, was issued in 1948 to accompany Hofmann's retrospective exhibition at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass., the first one-man show of an Abstract Expressionist organized by a museum.

Articles and essays consist of published and unpublished manuscripts arranged alphabetically by title, with untitled items alphabetized by first line. Among them are the constituent essays of Search for the Real and Other Essays: "The Search for the Real in the Visual Arts," "Sculpture," "On the Aims of Art;" and "Plastic Creation."

Notes, outlines, and some complete texts of speeches are arranged chronologically. Miscellaneous writings are shorter, informative, mostly unpublished pieces written between 1944 and 1960. Untitled items are alphabetized by first line. Representative titles include: "I am Often Asked to Explain My Work," "A Reply to the Demand to Name some of My Students that have come Into Prominence," and "About the relation of students and teachers." Hofmann revised 5 manuscripts ("Untitled, in German, undated") by literally cutting and pasting portions onto very long sheets which were then rolled tightly for storage. Over the years, the glue dried out and the scrolls came apart; fortunately, most sections were numbered sequentially, so their order could be reconstructed fairly well prior to microfilming.

Among the notes and lists are notes on works of art concerning "Construction," "Magenta and Blue," the Chiamabote mural, and New York School of Printing mosaic. Lists of paintings include works to be exhibited at Galerie Maeght, Paris, Mirski Gallery, Boston, and Whitney Museum; works to be framed; and works to be shipped.

Writings by other authors are mostly unpublished articles, essays, and reviews arranged alphabetically by author. An untitled piece by C. Z., most likely Carl Zigrosser, was written in response to an article about the psychlogy of Picaasso's art by Carl Jung. Unsigned items include a review of Camille Pisarro: Letters to his Son Lucien, ed. John Rewald, undated; review of Hofmann exhibitions at the 67 Gallery, 1945, and Galerie Maeght, 1949.

This series is divided into 2 subseries:

3.1: By Hofmann, 1928-1965, undated

Box Reel
20 (hol) unfilmed Das Malerbuch: Form und Farbe in der Gestalatung - Manuscripts in German
(see also Boxes 6 and 21)
20 (hol) unfilmed "Based on the first book written in California," 1934
(2 folders)
20 (hol) unfilmed "Copy of the German original, 1948,"
(2 folders)
20 (hol) unfilmed Manuscript, Autumn, 1948
(2 folders)
20 (hol) unfilmed Edited Manuscript, undated
(2 folders)
Box Reel
21 (pam) unfilmed Das Malerbuch: Form und Farbe in der Gestalatung - English Translations,
(see also Boxes 6 and 20)
21 (pam) unfilmed "English Original" (translated by Peggy Huck as The Supersensitory Origin of Painting), 1953
21 (pam) unfilmed "The Painter's Book, First English translation by Glenn Wessels" (Creation in Form and Color), 1931
(2 folders)
21 (pam) unfilmed Illustrations (original drawings, photostats and negatives of diagrams, photographs [captions and notations in both English and German]), undated
3.1.1: Books, A-Z,
Box Reel
6 5806 Das Malerbuch: Form und Farbe in der Gestaltung
(see also Boxes 20-21)
6 5806 Memorandum, 1949
6 5806 Early Drafts, circa 1931
6 5806 Drafts and Notes, 1949
6 5806 Das Malerbuch[?]
6 5806 Draft, Part I "Definition of form," 1952[?]
6 5806 Draft, Part II a) "Nature in 'objective'experience" b) "Nature in 'plastic' experience" and c) "Nature in 'visual' experience"
6 5806 Draft, Part III a) "Light" and b) "Relationship of form, light and color"
6 5806 Draft, Part IV "The picture plane"
6 5806 Draft, Part V "Colour as a plastic means"
6 5806 Draft, Part VI "The mind"
6 5806 Draft, Part VII "Composition"
6 5806 Chapter, "Bild formende gesetze," undated
6 5806 Chapter, "Entwicklungs-Plan I," 1929[?]
6 5806 Chapter, "Entwicklungs-Plan II," undated
6 5806 Intended Addition, "The object in the visual arts-its function in three-dimensional reality and its two-dimensional pictorial realization," 1951
6 5806 "Picture material for Book, undated
6 5806 The Painter and His Problems-A Manual Dedicated to Painting, 1963
(2 folders)
6 5806 Search for the Real and Other Essays, 1947-1948
(3 folders)
3.1.2: Articles and Essays,
Box Reel
6 5806 "The Color Problem in Pure painting-Its Creative Origin," 1955, undated
6 5806 "The Creative Act-Gesture and meaning," undated
6 5806 "Hawthorne-The Painter: An Appreciation," 1952
6 5806 "Homage to Alfred Maurer," 1950
6 5806 "The Mystification of the Two- and Three-Dimensional in theVisual Arts," 1946
6 5806 "On the Aims of Art," 1931-1932
6 5806 "Painting and Culture," 1931
6 5806 "Plastic Creation," 1932
6 5806 "Plastisches Gestalten" (See: "Plastic Creation), 1932
6 5806 "Quality??? What is It-What does it mean in the visual arts?," [1951?]
6 5806 "I. The Resurrection of the Plastic Arts; II. The Mystery of Creative Relations," 1953
6 5806 "Sculpture," 1933
6 5806 "The Search for the 'Real' in the Visual Arts," 1947-1948
6 5807 "The Search for the 'Real' in the visual Arts," (cont'd.), 1947-1948
6 5807 "Die Welt und die Kunst," 1965
6 5807 "Ziele der Kunst" (See: "On the Aims of Art")
6 5807 Untitled, 1928-1950, undated
3.1.3: Talks and Lectures,
Box Reel
6 5807 1930: University of Minnesota Art Department
6 5807 1931: Berkeley Women's City Club; University of California, Berkeley, "Lectures on Plastic Painting," and untitled lectures
6 5807 1938: Lecture notes including: "Kosmos and cosmic creation on a picture plane," "Life," "Natur" (sic), "Movement of space," "Movement of Volumes"
6 5807 1938-39: Provincetown lectures, "The Laws of the Picture Plane"
6 5807 1939-40: Notes and texts including: "The realm of the unconscious" and Picasso"
6 5807 1940: Untitled lecture delivered in Provincetown, July 27
6 5807 1941: Address delivered Feb. 16 at Riverside Museum symposium on Abstract Art held during the 1941 Annual American Abstract Artists' Exhibition
6 5807 1949: "What Is an Artist?" delivered July 3, "American Art Today," "American Art versus French Art," and "Protest Against Ostrich Attitude in the Arts" (with Fritz Bultman)
6 5807 1950: Studio 35 Round Table; texts and notes for Provincetown Art Association talks, untitled
6 5807 1951: "About Education in General and Art Education in Particular," Provincetown Art Association, August 13
6 5807 1952: "Photography as a Creative means," Provincetown Art Association, August 12; remarks recorded for Sam Feinstein's film
6 5807 1962: "A speech delivered at the Inauguration of the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, November 17, 1962 by Hans Hofmann"
6 5807 undated: "Point and Line," "Artistic Childrenswork," "Hofmann Lectures No. Three to Eleven [10 and 11 lacking]," texts of several untitled talks, and notes for introducing Hofmann
3.1.4: Miscellaneous Writings,
Box Reel
6 5807 "About Art education and my approach toward it," undated
6 5807 "About critics," 1956
6 5807 "About Jackson Pollack and myself," 1956
6 5807 "About myself, my work, my school," undated
6 5807 "About the relation of students and teachers," undated
6 5807 "About the subject mater (in pictorial creation)," undated
6 5807 "Advanced Education in Art," undated
6 5807 "An answer to a Question," 1951
6 5807 "An Answer to My Critics," 1944
6 5807 "Architecture and pictorial art," undated
6 5807 "Art and Art appreciation," 1953
6 5807 "Art and Life," undated
6 5807 "Collected writing on Art," 1958
6 5807 "Colour," undated
6 5807 "The creative process-its physical and metaphysical performing," 1956
6 5807 "Falsification of History," [1959]
6 5807 "The following is a condenced (sic) reformulation of a statement made by me to my students dating back to 1938," 1960
6 5807 "For Clarification of history I speak (reluctantly) of myself," undated
6 5807 "Form im simme der Gertabtung," undated
6 5807 "In Answer to a Question," undated
6 5807 "Life," undated
6 5807 "The magic of painting," undated
6 5807 "My aim-in answer to repeated questioning," undated
6 5807 "My Artistic Creed-A Statement," 1952
6 5807 "Nature and Art-Controversy and Misconcept," 1957
6 5807 "Nature as Experience and Its Pictorial Realization," undated
6 5807 "A New Concept for Mosaics of Our Time," 1956
6 5807 "Notes on Art," 1950
6 5807 "The Offense in Pictorial Art," undated
Box Reel
7 5807 "Pictorial Function of Colours," 1950
7 5807 "Preface for catalogue for Hofmann exhibit, Berkeley, California," July 30, 1931
7 5807 "A Reply to the Demand to Name Some of My Students Who Have Come into Prominence," 1956
7 5807 "Space and pictorial life," undated
7 5807 "Space pictorially realized through the intrinsic faculty of the colours to express volume," 1951
7 5807 "Spannungs Bezichungen," undated
7 5807 Statement for Abstract and Surrealist Art in America by Sidney Janis, 1944
7 5807 Statements for Contemporary American Painting, University of Illinois, 1951 and 1952
7 5807 "The teaching of Hans Hofmann," undated
7 5807 "This is the answer to a repeated refusal of acceptance of my work to the permanent collection of the museum of modern art," undated
7 5807 "What is Life," undated
7 5807 Untitled, A-Z (by first line), 1946-1961, undated
7 5807 Untitled (5 folders; in German), undated
7 5807 Fragments, undated
3.1.5: Poems,
Box Reel
7 5807 Poems, 1944-1959, undated
7 5808 Poems, cont'd., 1944-1959, undated
7 5808 Poems to Maria Hofmann, 1960-1964
3.1.6: Notes and Lists,
Box Reel
7 5808 Notebooks,(2 vols.), "Farbe" and untitled, undated
7 5808 Notes on Works of Art, 1949-1956
7 5808 Miscellaneous Notes, undated
7 5808 List of Paintings, 1949-1962, undated
(7 folders)
7 5808 Lists of Photographs given to William Seitz, circa 1950
7 5808 Miscellaneous Lists, undated

3.2: By Other Authors, circa 1910-1964, undated

3.2.1: About Hofmann and Modern Art,
Box Reel
7 5808 Gasquet, Joachim. "What He Said to Me. The Motive," translation from an article in L'amour del'Art, December 1921
7 5808 Graham. "The Case of Mr. Picasso," undated
7 5808 Greenberg, Clement. Lecture on Hofmann and exhibition reviews, 1945-1947, undated
7 5808 Gris, Juan. "Concerning the Possibilities of Painting," lecture at the Sorbonne, circa 1910
7 5808 Haecker, Theodore. "Was ist Kultur?," undated
7 5808 Holzmann. "American Abstract Artists, undated
7 5808 Hunter, Sam. "Hans Hofmann," 1963
7 5808 Kaldis, Aristodimos Melandinos. "Le Maire par Excellence: Hans Hofmann," 1962
7 5808 Kaprow, Allan. "Hans Hofmann," undated
7 5808 Larguier, Leo. "Le Diamanche avec Cézanne," [extract], undated
7 5808 Matisse, Henri. "Henri Matisse Speaks About Painting," undated
7 5808 Mondrian, Piet. "Toward the True Vision of Reality," undated
7 5808 Stout, Myron J. "Statement," undated
7 5808 Thurston, Carl H. P. "How Movement is Painted," from How We Look at Pictures, undated
7 5808 Wessels, Glenn. "On the Aesthetic Content of Pictures, a lecture given before the Pacific Arts Association and the State Conference on Art Called by the State Board of Education in California...," April 1931
7 5808 Williams, Tennessee. "An Appreciation," from Women: A Collaboration of Artists and Writers, undated
7 5808 C. Z. [Carl Zigrosser?], Untitled, undated
7 5808 Unsigned, 1945-1960, undated
3.2.2: Poems,
Box Reel
7 5808 Poems, 1941-1964, undated

Series 4: Financial Records, 1927-1966, undated
(Box 7; 0.5 linear ft.; Reel 5808)

Financial records, filed alphabetically by folder title, consist mainly of banking records, and tax returns and supporting documentation. Additional tax records are among the records regarding Hans Hofmann's Estate (Series 9). In addition, there are statements of assets and liabilities and a few subject files concerning financial matters.

Box Reel
7 5808 American Express Company, 1961-1967
7 5808 Assets and Liabilities, 1946-1966, undated
7 5808 Banks
7 5808 Bayerische Vereinsbank, 1962-1965
7 5808 The Bowery Savings Bank, 1963
7 5808 The Chase Manhattan Bank (checking account), 1965
7 5808 The Chase Manhattan Bank (custody account), 1965-1966
7 5808 The Chase Manhattan Bank (stocks and savings), 1965-1966
7 5808 Ehlinger & Cie, 1963-1965
7 5808 First National Bank of Cape Cod, 1964-1966
7 5808 Gothaer Lebensversicherungs-bank, 1927-1937
7 5808 Manufacturers Hanover Trust, 1964-1966
7 5808 New York Savings Bank, 1961-1963
7 5808 Various Savings Accounts, 1961-1962
7 5808 Hayes Storage Invoices and Contracts, 1942-1947
7 5808 House Expenses, undated
7 5808 Receipts and Miscellaneous Records (in German), undated
7 5808 Social Security, 1955-1963, undated
7 5808 Taxes, 1930-1966, undated
(7 folders)
7 5808 University of California, Financial Standing with, 1963-1965

Series 5: Miscellaneous Records, 1906-1966, undated
(Box 8; 0.75 linear ft.; Reels 5808-5809)

Miscellaneous Records are organized into a number of categories, most of which include just a few items. Each folder is arranged chronologically.

The early portion of the 1932 appointment book records Hofmann's business and personal expenses. Artwork by Hofmann consists of 4 sketches and are in ink and pencil and 3 oversize block prints of flat, red shapes (one is the numeral 5).

Among the miscellaneous items included with biographical information are Hofmann's permit to paint in the Luxembourg Gardens issued in 1911, power of attorney, a building permit, automobile registration, galley proof of entry for Who's Who in the East (10th edition), and Hofmann's calling card. Additional wills are with the miscellaneous Estate Records (Series 9).

This series is divided into 7 subseries:

5.1: Addresses, circa 1930-1966, undated

Box Reel
8 5808-5809 Address Books (7 vols.), circa 1930-1966
(2 folders)
8 5809 Names and Addresses, undated

5.2: Appointment Books, 1932, 1960, 1966

Box Reel
8 5809 Appointment Books (3 vols.), 1932, 1960, 1966

5.3: Artifacts, undated

Box Reel
8 unfilmed Leather Wallet, undated
8 unfilmed Photogravure Blocks containing images of works of art and classes in session, undated undated
(3 folders)

5.4: Artwork by Hofmann, undated

Box Reel
8 5809 Sketches, undated
8 5809 Block Prints, undated

5.5: Biographical Information, 1883-1966, undated

Box Reel
8 5809 Bibliography of Writings on and by Hofmann, undated
8 5809 Biographical Notes and Chronologies, undated
8 5809 Birth Certificates, 1914-1941
8 5809 Hofmann Family (prayer card for Ines Hofmann,1883-1937), 1937, undated
8 5809 Immigration and Naturalization Papers of Hans Hofmann, 1933-1943
8 5809 Immigration and Naturalization Papers of Maria Hofmann, 1937-1943, undated
8 5809 Marriage Certificates, 1924, 1965
8 5809 Medical Notes, 1966, undated
8 5809 Miscellaneous Items, 1911-1964, undated
8 5809 Wills, 1951, 1963
8 5809 Wolfegg Family Documents (in German), 1906, 1933

5.6: Interview Transcripts, 1952-1966

Box Reel
8 5809 Transcript of Interview with Hans Sahl, 1952
8 5809 Transcript of Interview with Paul Segnitz, 1957
8 5809 Transcript of Interview with Irma Jaffe for the Archives of American Art, 1966

5.7: Sales Records, 1946-1965, undated

Box Reel
8 5809 Prices, 1961-1965
8 5809 Private Sales, 1946-1957, undated
8 5809 Sales, 1949-1957, undated

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1925-1966, undated
(Boxes 9-10; 1.25 linear ft.; Reel 5809)

Photographs are of people, events, places, works of art, and miscellaneous subjects. Within these categories, photographs are organized into the subjects indicated by the folder titles listed below. Each folder is arranged chronologically; 35-mm color slides and negatives have not been microfilmed. Oversize photographs are of people and works of art; these items are stored and microfilmed together, and appropriate cross references are provided.

Photographs of people include Hofmann alone, with Miz, with students and others. They are mostly undated and are arranged in rough chronological order. Among the pictures of Hans and Miz Hofmann are several of them wearing oriental costumes, circa 1920s. Those of Hofmann with students and others are mostly unidentified (the one exception is a view labeled "Fred Hauck, Janet Chase, Herr Hofmann, Warren Cheney, Molly Bennett at Upper Angora Lake above Lake Tahoe, California, August, 1930;" in the folder titled "Hans Hofmann with Others"); several photographs in this category are over or under exposed, obscuring faces. A small leather album stamped with the title "Snap Shots Hancock, N.Y." contains 15 photographs of Hans, Miz, students, and friends. Photographs of identified individuals are Georg Hampton, Effie Bell Rogers, and Cornelia Ryder; only first names are provided for the few group shots that are identified.

Photographs of events record some of the "Forum 49" events held at Gallery 200 include Fritz Bultman, Adolph Gottlieb, Hemley, Hans Hofmann, Weldon Kees, Karl Knaths, Blanche Lazell, and Judith Rothschild. Exhibition installation views and photographs of openings are of the Venice Biennale, 1960; Galerie im Künstlerhaus, Munich, 1962; Museum of Modern Art, "Recent Acquisitions: Painting and Sculpture," 1966; and an unidentified exhibition in Germany, undated Also documented are ceremonies at which Hofmann was awarded honorary degrees: University of California, Berkeley, 1964, includes many views with Glenn and Kay Wessels, and Monica and John Haley at the San Francisco airport; and Pratt Institute Founder's Day, 1965.

Many of Hofmann's paintings are visible in the photographs of places. Views of Hofmann's New York studio, 1966, include paintings and images of Renate Schmitz Hofmann. Travel pictures are of Italy, Mexico, California[?], and unidentified locations.

Photographs of works by Hans Hofmann include the New York School of Printing mural, and "Summer" and "Rhapsody" from his Renate series. Also part of this subseries are Renate Schmitz Hofmann's 1974 gift of 313 35-mm color slides of paintaings executed between 1935 and 1965. Other artists are Detre, Georg Hampton, M. Wolfegg Hofmann, Sterling Poindexter, Myron S. Stout, L. Vivin (represented in Hofmann's personal art collection), Glenn Wessels, and Fritz Winter. Teaching materials are photographs of Old Masters paintings, drawings, and Classical sculpture, some marked to indicate line, form, or proportion; many are stamped "staatlich genehigt, Schule für bildende Kunst, Hans Hofmann, München."

Oversize photographs include portraits of Hofmann by Sid Grossman, Arnold Newman, Irving Penn, and Leon Schnall; Miz was photographed by Ruth Jacobi-Roth and Marvin Lazarus. With the exception of a nude study by Lee Krasner, student works are unidentified.

This series is divided into 6 subseries:

6.1: People, 1920s-1965, undated

Box Reel
9 5809 Hans Hofmann (See also: Box 10), 1920s-1965
9 5809 Hans and Maria ("Miz") Hofmann, 1920s-1963
9 5809 Hans Hofmann with Students/Students, 1920s-1950s
9 5809 Hans Hofmann with Others (See also: Box 10), 1920s-1964
9 5809 Maria ("Miz") Wolfegg Hofmann (See also: Box 10), 1920s-1963
9 5809 Maria ("Miz") Wolfegg Hofmann with Others, circa 1930s-1960s
9 5809 Renate Schmitz Hofmann, 1965, undated
9 5809 Hofmann, Hans-Theo (nephew) and Family, 1947-1965, undated
9 5809 Photograph Album, circa 1930s-1960s
9 5809 Individuals, A-Z, 1929-1951, undated
9 5809 Unidentified Individuals, Adults, 1941, 1957, undated
9 5809 Unidentified Individuals, Children, 1935-1936, undated
9 5809 Groups (See also: Box 10), 1951, undated
9 5809 Unidentified Groups
9 5809 Adults, undated
9 5809 Families?/Adults with Children, undated
9 5809 Children, 1926-1927, 1950, undated
9 5809 Artist's Model, undated

6.2: Events, 1949-1966

Box Reel
9 5809 "Forum 49" at Gallery 200, 1949
9 5809 Exhibitions, 1960-1966, undated
9 5809 Honorary Degrees, 1964-1965

6.3: Places, 1920s-1967, undated

Box Reel
9 5809 Miz's Munich Apartment, circa 1935
9 5809 Provincetown House, Interior and Exterior, 1958, undated
9 5809 Provincetown School, Exterior, 1941, undated
9 5809 Studio, 1966
9 5809 Travel Pictures, 1920s, 1960s, undated
9 5809 Munich, circa 1935
9 5809 Unidentified, 1965, undated
9 5809 Unidentified Houses, undated
9 5809 University Art Museum, Berkeley, Calif., Architect's Model, 1967
9 5809 New York School of Printing (See: Oversize)

6.4: Works of Art, 1930-1965, undated

Box Reel
9 5809 By Hans Hofmann, 1935-1965
(1 folder, 2 slide boxes)
9 5809 By Other Artists, D-W and unidentified, 1934-1937, undated
(6 folders)
9 5809 By Unidentified Hofmann Students (See also: Oversize), 1930-1965, undated
(3 folders)
9 5809 Teaching Materials, undated
(3 folders)

6.5: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1941-1948

Box Reel
9 5809 Dog, Cat, Dolls, 1941, undated
9 5809 Cover Design for Search for the Real in the Visual Arts (Glass Plate Negative), circa 1948

6.6: Oversize, 1940-1965, undated

Box Reel
10 (sol) 5809 Hans Hofmann, 1950s-1965
10 (sol) 5809 Hans Hofmann with Others, circa 1960
10 (sol) 5809 Maria ("Miz") Wolfegg Hofmann, 1957-circa 1962
10 (sol) 5809 Unidentified Individuals, 1940, undated
10 (sol) 5809 Works of Art by Hofmann Students, undated
10 (sol) 5809 New York School of Printing, Architects' Presentation Panel, 1956

Series 7: Printed Matter, 1930-1978, undated
(Boxes 11-16; 5.25 linear ft.; Reels 5809-5811)

Printed Matter by Hans Hofmann is segregated; items by other authors are categorized by type, with each division arranged chronologically.

Printed Matter By Hans Hofmann contains "Plastic Creation," 1932; Search for the Real and Other Essays, 1948; "The Color Problem in Pure Painting-Its Creative Origin," 1956; "Hawthorne-The Painter: An Appreciation," 1960 (in Hawthorne on Painting; From Students' Notes Collected by Mrs. Charles Hawthorne) and 1962 (in Charles W. Hawthorne, 1872-1930, Shore Galleries, Boston); "A Tribute to Adelyn D. Breeskin," 1962 (in the Baltimore Museum of Art News, summer 1962); statement on the work of Edith Sachs, undated (printed in announcement for her show, Feb. 23-March 8, Zodiac Gallery, New York); and an undated letter to the editor of Look.

Exhibition Catalogs and Related Items concerning artists other than Hofmann have not been microfilmed.

Miscellaneous printed matter includes a wide variety of items. An auction catalog for a fundraising event includes a Hofmann painting donated by the artist. University Art Museum: A Center for Cultural Study [UC, Berkeley], undated is a prospectus that shows models and drawings of the building and the location of its Maria and Hans Hofmann Wing. The scrapbook contains clippings, mainly exhibition reviews, and a small number of catalogs, checklists and invitations. Also included are two undated statements: "A Statement to the Public: Who Broke the Birds Nest?" by The Independent Advancing Artists, and "Aesthetic Realism: A General Statement."

This series is divided into 6 subseries:

7.1: By Hans Hofmann, 1932-1962, undated

Box Reel
11 5809 Articles, Essays, Letter to the Editor, 1932-1962, undated

7.2: Exhibition Catalogs and Related Items, 1931-1978, undated

7.2.1: Hoffman,
Box Reel
11 5809-5810 Solo and Group Exhibitions, 1931-1961, undated
(17 folders)
Box Reel
12 5810-5811 Solo and Group Exhibitions, 1962-1978, undated
(15 folders)
7.2.2: Other Artists, Solo Exhibitions,
Box Reel
13 unfilmed A-Z by Artist, undated
(16 folders)
7.2.3: Other Artists, Group Exhibitions,
Box Reel
13 unfilmed A-Z by exhibition title, undated
(5 folders)

7.3: Newspaper Clippings, 1930-1974, undated

Box Reel
14 5811 About or Mentioning Hofmann, 1930-1974, undated
(5 folders)
14 5811 About or Mentioning Hofmann, cont'd., 1930-1974, undated
14 unfilmed Art-related Topics 1930-1969, undated
(4 folders)
14 unfilmed Miscellaneous Subjects, undated

7.4: Articles from Periodicals, 1928-1971, undated

Box Reel
14 5811 About or Mentioning Hofmann, 1932-1971, undated
(8 folders)
14 unfilmed Art-related Topics, 1928-1966, undated
(7 folders)
14 unfilmed Miscellaneous Subjects, 1960, 1963, undated

7.5: Miscellaneous Printed Matter, 1936-1965, undated

Box Reel
14 unfilmed Art Courses (not Hans Hofmann School), 1936, 1963
14 unfilmed Auction Catalog, 12th Annual Art Auction of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., 1965
14 unfilmed Book Catalog and Prospectuses, 1951, 1961, undated
14 unfilmed Catalogs of Lamps, Paints, Art Supplies, circa 1960s
14 unfilmed Picture Post Cards, undated
14 unfilmed Provincetown Zoning By-Laws, 1957
14 unfilmed Provincetown-Boston Airline Schedule, 1964
14 unfilmed Reproductions of Works of Art by Hofmann and Others (See also: Box 16), undated
14 unfilmed Scrapbook (See: Box 16), 1944-1962
14 unfilmed Statements, undated
14 unfilmed University Art Museum: A Center for Cultural Study, circa 1960s

7.6: Books Mentioning or About Hofmann, 1934-1963, undated

Box Reel
15 unfilmed Crotty, Frank. Provincetown Profiles and Others on Cape Cod. Barre, MA: Barre Gazette, 1958.
15 unfilmed Claus, Jürgen. Theorien zeitgenössischer Malerei. Hamburg: Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH, 1963.
15 unfilmed Cheney, Sheldon. Expressionism in Art. New York: Liveright Publishing Corp., 1934.
15 unfilmed Eliot, Alexander. Three Hundred Years of American Painting. New York: Time Inc., 1957.
15 unfilmed Geldzahler, Henry. American Painting in the 20th Century. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1965.
15 unfilmed Greenberg, Clement. Hofmann. Paris: The Pocket Museum, Editions Georges Fall, 1961.
15 unfilmed Guest, Barbara and B. H. Friedman. Goodnough. Paris: The Pocket Museum, Editions Georges Fall, 1962.
15 unfilmed Hess, Thomas B. Abstract Painting. Background and American Phase. New York: Viking Press, 1951.
15 unfilmed Janis, Sidney. Abstract & Surrealist Art in America. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1944.
15 unfilmed McDarrah, Fred W. The Artist's World in Pictures. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1961.
15 unfilmed Motherwell, Robert and Ad Reinhardt, eds. Modern Artists in America. First Series. New York: Wittenborn Schultz, Inc., [1951].
15 unfilmed Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel, ed. American Painting Today. A Cross-Section of Our Contemporary Art. New York: Hastings House, 1956.
15 unfilmed Rathbun, Mary C. and Bartlett H. Hayes, Jr. Layman's Guide to Modern Art, Painting for a Scientific Age. New York: Oxford University Press, 1949.
15 unfilmed Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff. Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1951.
15 unfilmed Rosenberg, Harold. The Anxious Object. Art Today and its Audience. New York: Horizon Press, 1954.
15 unfilmed Seitz, William C. Hans Hofmann; With Selected Writings by the Artist. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1963.
15 unfilmed Szittya, Emile. L'Art Allemand en France. Paris: Edition "La Zone," undated
15 unfilmed Weller, Allen S. Art USA Now. Lucerne: C. J. Bucher, 1962.
15 unfilmed Women. A Collaboration of Artists and Writers. New York: Samuel M. Kootz Editions, 1948.
Box Reel
16 (sol) unfilmed Oversize items, undated

Series 8: Hans Hofmann Library, undated
(Boxes 16-19; 2.25 linear ft.)

Books from Hans Hofmann's personal library were included among the papers donated to the Archives of American Art. Inscribed and annotated volumes have been retained with the collection. Art books have been separated from general literature, and each of these categories is boxed alphabetically as indicated below. A small selection of books by, about, or mentioning Hofmann are among the printed matter described in Series 8.

All other books and periodicals (376 items) were transferred to the Library of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum, which retained relevant volumes, dispersed others to appropriate libraries within the Smithsonian Institution, and made final decisions regarding disposition of any remaining items.

This series is divided into 2 subseries:

8.1: Inscribed/Annotated Volumes-Art, undated

Box Reel
16 (sol) unfilmed Oversize volumes, undated
Box Reel
17 unfilmed Art News Annual XXV, 1956. [annotated]
17 unfilmed L'Art Abstrait; ses origines; ses premiers maîgres. Paris: Maeght, 1949. [annotated]
17 unfilmed Barr, Alfred H., Jr. Picasso; Fifty Years of his Art. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1946. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Bayl, Friedrich. Bilder unserer Tage. Koln: Verlag M. DuMont Schauberg, 1960. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Bazaine. Notes sur la peinture d'aujourd'hui. Paris: Floury, 1948. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Buttafava, G. and E. Garbagnati. Architetture nel segno dei Maestri. Bergamo, Italy: Instituto Italiano d'Arti Grafische, 1962. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Carnet de desseins de Picasso reproduits au format de l'original. Paris: "Cahiers d' Art," 1948. [inscribed] (See: Box 16)
17 unfilmed Clark, Kenneth. Landscape Painting. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Construction and Geometry in Painting; From Malevitch to "Tomorrow." New York: Galerie Chalette, 1960. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed The Edward Joseph Gallagher III Memorial Collection at the University of Arizona, Tucson. [1958]. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Gallatin, A. E., ed. Of Art; Plato to Picasso. New York: Wittenborn and Company, 1944. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Gary, Dorothy Hales and Robert Payne. The Splendors of Asia. New York: Viking Press, 1965. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Grabar, André. Byzantine Painting. New York: Skira Inc., 1953. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Graham, John D. System and Dialectics of Art. New York: Delphic Studios, [1937]. [annotated]
17 unfilmed Hildenbrand, Adolf. Das Problem der Form in der Bildenden Kunst. Strassburg: J. H. Ed Heitz, 1901. [annotated]
17 unfilmed Hunter, Sam. "Jackson Pollock: the Maze and the Minotaur." New World Writing. New York: New American Library, 1956. [annotated]
17 unfilmed Jenkins. New York: Martha Jackson Gallery, 1965. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Kepes, Gyorgy. Language of Vision. Chicago: Paul Theobald, 1944. [annotated]
17 unfilmed Malraux, André. The Voices of Silence. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1953. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Modern Artists in America; First Series. Robert Motherwell and Ad Reinhardt, eds. New York: Wittenborn Schultz, Inc., [1951?]. [annotated]
17 unfilmed Mondrian, Piet. Plastic Art and Pure Plastic Art, and Other Essays. New York: Wittenborn, Schultz, Inc., 1951. [inscribed]
17 unfilmed Müller, Carl Theodor. Meister gotischer Plastit. München: J. S. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. [inscribed]
Box Reel
18 unfilmed Nierendorf, Karl, ed. Paul Klee; Paintings, Watercolors, 1913-1939. New York: Oxford University Press, 1941. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Pallottino, Massimo. Etruscan Painting. New York: Skira, 1952. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed The Phillips Collection; a Museum of Modern art and its Sources; A Catalogue. New York and London: Thames and Hudson, 1952. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Picasso; 32 peintures récentes. Paris: Cahiers d'Art, 1949. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Regler, Gustav. Wolfgang Paalen. New York: Nierendorf Editions, 1946. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Rembrandt Handzeighnungen. Leipzig: Im Insel Verlag, undated [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Rosenberg, Harold. Arshile Gorky; The Man, the Time, the Idea. New York: Horizon Press, Inc., 1962. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Rosenberg, Harold. The Tradition of the New. New York: Horizon Press, Inc., 1959. [inscribed and annotated]
18 unfilmed Schön, Erhard. Unterweisung der Proportion und Stellung der Possen. [no place: undated] [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Seuphor, Michel. Écritures; Dessins/Drawings/Zeichnungen Alcopley. Paris: Les Nourritures Terrestres, 1954. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Steinberg, Saul. The Catalogue. Cleveland and New York: World Publishing Co., 1962. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Steinberg, Saul. The New World. New York: Harper & Row, 1965. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Sweeney, James J. Joan Miró. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1941. [annotated]
18 unfilmed Uhde, W. Picasso et la Tradition Française; Notes dur la Peinture Actuelle. Paris: Éditions des Quatre-Chemins, undated [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Valentiner, W. R. Origins of Modern Sculpture. New York: Wittenborn and Company, 1946. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Walkowitz, Abraham. A Demonstration of Objective, Abstract, and Non-Objective Art. Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Publications, 1945. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Walkowitz, Abraham. Isadora Duncan in Her Dances. Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Publications, 1945. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Walkowitz, Abraham. 100 Paintings and Drawings from the Objective to Abstract. New York: B. W. Huebsch, Inc., 1925. [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Westheim, Paul. Indische Baukunst. Berlin: Verlag Ernst Wasmuth A. G., undated [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Woodward, William. French Quarter Etchings. New Orleans: Magnolia Press, undated [inscribed]
18 unfilmed Wright, Frank Lloyd. The Future of Architecture. New York: Horizon Press, 1953. [inscribed]

8.2: Inscribed/Annotated Volumes-General Literature, undated

Box Reel
19 unfilmed Copley, Alfred Lewin and Helen Boswell. Aconite the Love Poison. Reprinted from Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Vol. XV, No. 4, April 1944. [inscribed]
19 unfilmed Einsichten. Freiburg, GER: Eberhard Albert Verlag, 1959. [inscribed]
19 unfilmed Graf, Oskar Maria. Unruhe um Einen Friedfertigen. New York: Aurora Verlag, 1947. [inscribed]
19 unfilmed Humphreys, Christmas. Buddhism. Hammondsworth, Middlesex, ENG: Penguin Books, 1952. [inscribed and annotated]
19 unfilmed Kant, Immanuel. Kritik der reinen Vernunft. Halle an der Saale, GER: Verlag von Otto Hendel, undated [annotated]
19 unfilmed Kuttner, Erich. Hans Von Marées; Die Tragödie des deutschen Idealismus. Zurich: Verlag Oprecht, 1937. [inscribed]
19 unfilmed Mann, Thomas. Doctor Faustus; The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkühn as Told by a Friend. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948. [annotated]
19 unfilmed Neagoe, Peter. No Time for Tears. New York: Kamin Publishers, 1958. [inscribed]
19 unfilmed Ver Duft, Lee. Ho! Watchman of the Night, Ho! New York: Gemor Press, 1944. [inscribed]
19 unfilmed A World Treasury of Proverbs from Twenty-five Languages. Collected by Henry Davidoff. New York: Random House, 1946. [inscribed]

Series 9: Estate of Hans Hofmann, 1945-1974, undated
(Box 19; 0.5 linear ft.; Reel 5811)

Estate records are those of Robert Warshaw of Trubin, Sillcocks, Edelman & Knapp, Hofmann's attorney and co-executor. Material predating Hofmann's death are items collected to document the purchase of his Provincetown house, copies of records relating to the Estate of Maria Hofmann appended to legal documents filed on behalf of the Hans Hofmann Estate, and earlier tax records requested by the Internal Revenue Service for an audit of the 1965 tax return filed by the estate.

Other tax records are filed with Financial Records (Series 4). Massachusetts estate tax records include some documents regarding the Estate of Maria Hofmann. Additional wills are among the biographical information with Miscellaneous Records (Series 5). Further information concerning the 1966 art theft is with the Papers of Renate Schmitz Hofmann (Series 10).

This series is divided into 3 subseries:

9.1: Taxes, 1962-1973, undated

Box Reel
19 unfilmed Correspondence, 1966-1970
19 unfilmed Tax Returns, 1962-1969
19 unfilmed Supporting Documentation, 1962-1969
(6 folders)
19 unfilmed Massachusetts Estate Tax, 1966, 1973
19 unfilmed New York Estate Tax, 1970-1971, undated
19 unfilmed Miscellaneous, 1965, 1972

9.2: Provincetown House, 1945-1973

Box Reel
19 5811 Correspondence, 1966-1973
19 5811 Inventories, 1972, undated
19 5811 Purchase and Ownership Records, 1945-1948
19 5811 Sale, 1973

9.3: Miscellaneous, 1965-1974

Box Reel
19 5811 Agreement between the University of California and Executors of the Estate of Hans Hofmann, 1971
19 5811 Appraisal, 1967
19 unfilmed Bank Statements, Accounting Records, 1965-1970, undated
19 5811 Estate of Hans Hofmann v. Alarms & Communications Corporation, 1972-1974
19 5811 Gift of Household Items and Art Supplies to Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Inc., 1973
19 5811 Probate Decree and Related Correspondence, 1966, 1973
19 5811 Purchase of Jacques Camins Film of Hofmann with Class in Provincetown, 1973
19 5811 Purchase of Warren, Conn., Property, 1972-1973
19 5811 Theft of Paintings, 1966
19 5811 Wills and Related Correspondence, 1966

Series 10: Papers of Renate Schmitz Hofmann, 1962-1967, undated
(Box 19; 6 folders; Reel 5811)

German-born Renate Schmitz Hofmann (1930-1992) inspired Hofmann's Renate series painted in 1965, the year they were married. Her papers include condolence letters and records regarding Hans Hofmann's funeral. Among her other correspondence are a letter addressed to Dave about her relationship with Hofmann, a copy of a letter from John Querido to Samuel Kootz concerning the accusation that Renate had allowed other dealers to sell paintings from the Hofmann Estate, and correspondence with Henry Ford II and the Ford Motor company regarding complaints about their vehicle. A file titled Art Theft contains clippings about the theft of paintings from Hofmann's Provincetown home and their subsequent recovery. Notes consist of a spiral notebook, mostly in shorthand, containing what are probably notes from Nina Morgan's courses "Art of Conversation" and "Creative Living" held at Central YWCA; also, loose notes, "History of Western Philosophy."

Postcards from Renate Schmitz to Hofmann are filed with Correspondence (Series 1), and Photographs (Series 6) include pictures of her. Additional records regarding the art theft from the Provincetown house are included with the Hans Hofmann Estate Records (Series 9).

Box Reel
19 5811 Notes, 1962, undated
19 5811 Correspondence, 1965-1967, undated
19 5811 Condolence Letters, A-Z, 1966
19 5811 Funeral of Hans Hofmann, 1966
19 5811 Art Theft, 1966-1967
19 5811 Business Cards, Address Notes, undated