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Series 3 | A Finding Aid to the Hans Hofmann papers, [circa 1904]-2011, bulk 1945-2000 | Digitized Collection

Hans Hofmann papers, [circa 1904]-2011, bulk 1945-2000

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Series 3: Writings, circa 1904-1965
2.5 linear feet
Box 6-8

This series includes published and unpublished manuscripts, drafts, revisions, and notes by Hofmann and other authors, organized by type-books, articles and essays, etc.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 It remains unpublished.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Articles and essays consist of published and unpublished manuscripts arranged alphabetically by title, with untitled items alphabetized by first line.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 Miscellaneous writings are shorter, informative, mostly unpublished pieces written between 1944 and 1960.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") 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 scanning.
Among the notes and lists are notes on works of art concerning "Construction," "Magenta and Blue," the Chiamabote mural, and the New York School of Printing mosaic. Lists of paintings include works to be exhibited at Galerie Maeght (Paris), Mirski Gallery (Boston), and the 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 psychology of Picaasso's art by Carl Jung. Unsigned items include a review of
Camille Pisarro: Letters to his Son Lucien
, ed. John Rewald; and reviews of Hofmann exhibitions at the 67 Gallery (1945) and at Galerie Maeght (1949).
Writings are arranged by author and then by document type. The series is arranged as 2 subseries:
3.1: By Hofmann, 1928-1965
3.2: By Other Authors, circa 1910-1964
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
3.1:By Hofmann, 1928-1965
3.1.1:Books, A-Z, circa 1928-1965
DescriptionContainer
Collected Writing on Art
, 1958
6
1
Das Malerbuch: Form und Farbe in der Gestaltung
Memorandum, 1949
6
2
Early Drafts, circa 1931
6
3
Drafts and Notes, circa 1933-1950
6
4
Manuscript (based on the first book written in California), 1934
6
5-6
Manuscript (copy of the German original), 1948
6
7-8
Manuscript (autumn), 1948
6
9-10
Manuscript (edited), circa 1933-1950
6
11-12
Manuscript (English original translated by Peggy Huck as
The Supersensitory Origin of Painting
), 1953
6
13-14
Manuscript ("The Painter's Book, First English translation by Glenn Wessels"
Creation in Form and Color
), 1931
6
15-16
Das Malerbuch
[?]
Draft, Part I - "Definition of form", circa 1952
6
17
Draft, Part II - a) "Nature in 'objective'experience" b) "Nature in 'plastic' experience" and c) "Nature in 'visual' experience", circa 1952
6
18
Draft, Part III - a) "Light" and b) "Relationship of form, light and color", circa 1952
6
19
Draft, Part IV - "Picture plane", circa 1952
6
20
Draft, Part V - "Colour as a plastic means", circa 1952
6
21
Draft, Part VI - "Mind", circa 1952
6
22
Draft, Part VII - "Composition", circa 1952
6
23
Chapter, "Bild formende gesetze", circa 1935-1950
6
24
Chapter, "Entwicklungs-Plan I", 1929
6
25
Chapter, "Entwicklungs-Plan II", circa 1935-1950
6
26
Intended Addition, "The object in the visual arts-its function in three-dimensional reality and its two-dimensional pictorial realization", 1951
6
27
Picture Material for Book, circa 1935-1950
6
28
Painter and His Problems-A Manual Dedicated to Painting
, 1963
7
1-2
Painter and His Problems-A Manual Dedicated to Painting
, Illustrations, circa 1933-1950
Original drawings, photostats and negatives of diagrams, photographs; captions and notations in both English and German.
7
3
Search for the Real and Other Essays
, 1947-1948
7
4-6
3.1.2:Articles and Essays, circa 1928-1965
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"Color Problem in Pure painting-Its Creative Origin", 1955
7
7
"Creative Act-Gesture and meaning", circa 1930-1955
7
8
"Hawthorne-The Painter: An Appreciation", 1952
7
9
"Homage to Alfred Maurer", 1950
7
10
"Mystification of the Two- and Three-Dimensional in the Visual Arts", 1946
7
11
"On the Aims of Art", 1931-1932
7
12
"Painting and Culture", 1931
7
13
"Plastic Creation", 1932
7
14
"Quality??? What is It-What does it mean in the visual arts?", circa 1951
7
15
"Resurrection of the Plastic Arts" (I.); "Mystery of Creative Relations" (II.)", 1953
7
16
"Sculpture", 1933
7
17
"Search for the 'Real' in the Visual Arts", 1947-1948
7
18
"Welt und die Kunst", 1965
7
19
Untitled, 1928-1950
7
20
3.1.3:Talks and Lectures, circa 1928-1965
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1930: University of Minnesota Art Department
7
21
1931: Berkeley Women's City Club; University of California, Berkeley, "Lectures on Plastic Painting," and untitled lectures
7
22
1938: Lecture notes including: "Kosmos and cosmic creation on a picture plane," "Life," "Natur" (sic), "Movement of space," "Movement of Volumes"
7
23
1938-1939: Provincetown lectures, "Laws of the Picture Plane" and "Tensions"
7
24
1938-1939: Provincetown lecture, "Spiritualization"
7
25
1939-1940: Notes and texts including: "Realm of the unconscious," Picasso," and Lectures III-IX
7
26
1940: Provincetown, July 27
7
27
1941: Riverside Museum symposium, address on Abstract Art held during the 1941 Annual American Abstract Artists' Exhibition, Feb. 16
7
28
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)
7
29
1950: Studio 35 Round Table; texts and notes for Provincetown Art Association talks
7
30
1951: Provincetown Art Association, "About Education in General and Art Education in Particular," August 13
7
31
1952: Provincetown Art Association, "Photography as a Creative means," August 12; remarks recorded for Sam Feinstein's film
7
32
1962: Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, inauguration speech, Nov. 17
7
33
"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
7
34
3.1.4:Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1928-1965
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"About Art education and my approach toward it", circa 1930-1955
7
35
"About critics", 1956
7
36
"About Jackson Pollack and myself", 1956
7
37
"About myself, my work, my school", circa 1930-1955
7
38
"About the relation of students and teachers", circa 1930-1955
7
39
"About the subject mater (in pictorial creation)", circa 1930-1955
7
40
"Advanced Education in Art", circa 1930-1955
7
41
"Answer to a Question", 1951
7
42
"Answer to My Critics", 1944
7
43
"Architecture and pictorial art", circa 1930-1955
7
44
"Art and Art appreciation", 1953
7
45
"Art and Life", circa 1930-1955
7
46
"Colour", circa 1930-1955
7
47
"Creative process-its physical and metaphysical performing", 1956
7
48
"Falsification of History", circa 1959
7
49
"Following is a condensed reformulation of a statement made by me to my students dating back to 1938", 1960
7
50
"For Clarification of history I speak (reluctantly) of myself", circa 1930-1955
7
51
"Form im simme der Gertabtung", circa 1930-1955
7
52
"In Answer to a Question", circa 1930-1955
7
53
"Life", circa 1930-1955
7
54
"Magic of painting", circa 1930-1955
7
55
"My aim-in answer to repeated questioning", circa 1930-1955
7
56
"My Artistic Creed-A Statement", 1952
7
57
"Nature and Art-Controversy and Misconcept", 1957
7
58
"Nature as Experience and Its Pictorial Realization", circa 1930-1955
7
59
"New Concept for Mosaics of Our Time", 1956
7
60
"Notes on Art", 1950
7
61
"Offense in Pictorial Art", circa 1930-1955
7
62
"Pictorial Function of Colours", 1950
7
63
"Preface for catalogue for Hofmann exhibit, Berkeley, California", 1931
7
64
"Pure Colour Space", circa 1930-1955
7
65
"Reply to the Demand to Name Some of My Students Who Have Come into Prominence", 1956
7
66
"Space and pictorial life", circa 1930-1955
7
67
"Space pictorially realized through the intrinsic faculty of the colours to express volume", 1951
7
68
"Spannungs Bezichungen", circa 1930-1955
7
69
Statement for
Abstract and Surrealist Art in America
by Sidney Janis, 1944
7
70
Statements for
Contemporary American Painting
, University of Illinois, 1951-1952
7
71
"Teaching of Hans Hofmann", circa 1930-1955
7
72
"This is the answer to a repeated refusal of acceptance of my work to the permanent collection of the museum of modern art", circa 1930-1955
7
73
"What is Life", circa 1930-1955
7
74
Untitled, A-Z (by first line), 1946-1961
8
1
Untitled (in German), circa 1930-1955
8
2-4
Untitled (in German), circa 1930-1955
8
5-6
Fragments, circa 1930-1955
8
7
3.1.5:Poems, circa 1928-1965
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Poems, 1944-1959
8
8
Poems to Maria Hofmann, 1960-1964
8
9
3.1.6:Notes and Lists, circa 1928-1965
DescriptionContainer
Notebooks, "Farbe" and untitled, (2 vols.), circa 1930-1955
8
10
Notes on Works of Art, 1949-1956
8
11
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1930-1955
8
12
List, Paintings Exhibited at Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1949-1962
8
13
List, Paintings Exhibited at Mirski Gallery, Boston, 1953
8
14
List, Paintings Exhibited in Germany, 1962
8
15
List, Paintings for Retrospective Exhibition, Whitney Museum of Art, 1956-1957
8
16
Lists, Paintings, 1957-1963
8
17
Lists, Paintings to be Framed, 1958-1965
8
18
Lists, Paintings Shipped from Provincetown, 1958-1965
8
19
List, Photographs given to William Seitz, circa 1950
8
20
Miscellaneous Lists, circa 1930-1955
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21
3.2:By Other Authors, circa 1910-1964
3.2.1:About Hofmann and Modern Art, circa 1910-1964
DescriptionContainer
Gasquet, Joachim. "What He Said to Me. The Motive," translation from an article in
L'amour del'Art
, 1921
8
22
Graham. "Case of Mr. Picasso", circa 1930-1955
8
23
Greenberg, Clement. Lecture on Hofmann and exhibition reviews, 1945-1947
8
24
Gris, Juan. "Concerning the Possibilities of Painting," lecture at the Sorbonne, circa 1910
8
25
Haecker, Theodore. "Was ist Kultur?", circa 1930-1955
8
26
Holzmann. American Abstract Artists, circa 1930-1955
8
27
Hunter, Sam. "Hans Hofmann", 1963
8
28
Kaldis, Aristodimos Melandinos. "Le Maire par Excellence: Hans Hofmann", 1962
8
29
Kaprow, Allan. "Hans Hofmann", circa 1930-1955
8
30
Larguier, Leo. "Diamanche avec Cézanne," [extract], circa 1930-1955
8
31
Matisse, Henri. "Henri Matisse Speaks About Painting", circa 1930-1955
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32
Mondrian, Piet. "Toward the True Vision of Reality", circa 1930-1955
8
33
Stout, Myron J. "Statement", circa 1930-1955
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34
Thurston, Carl H. P. "How Movement is Painted," from
How We Look at Pictures
, circa 1930-1955
8
35
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...", 1931
8
36
Williams, Tennessee. "An Appreciation," from
Women: A Collaboration of Artists and Writers
, circa 1930-1955
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37
C. Z. [Carl Zigrosser?], Untitled, circa 1930-1955
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38
Unsigned, 1945-1960
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39
3.2.2:Poems, circa 1910-1964
DescriptionContainer
Poems, 1941-1964
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40

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