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Basic Data

Hans Hartung was a German-French painter and graphic artist, who is one of the most important representatives of European Informalism. Hartung began to study philosophy and art history at the University of Leipzig in 1924, but changed to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig and Dresden.

  • Born: 21 September 1904
  • Place of birth: Leipzig, Saxony
  • Died on: 8 December 1989
  • Nationality: German/ French
  • Studied at: University of Leipzig, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, Academy of Fine Arts Dresden
  • Teacher: Max Doerner
  • Similar artists: Antoni Tapies, Sam Francis
  • Era: Postmodernism, contemporary art
  • Stylistic direction: Informal art

In 1932, he relocated to Paris, where he got to know famous artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Joan Miro, and Alexander Calder.

 

Collections

Germany

England

France

USA

Canada

Australia

Brazil

Exhibitions

  • 26.01.19 – 18.05.19 FROM GESTURE TO FORM - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.
  • 04.11.18 – 06.01.19 Pierre Soulages – Noir / Lumière - LUDWIGMUSEUM Koblenz.
  • 24.05.18 – 19.08.18 HANS HARTUNG. Malerei als Experiment - Werke von 1962-1989 - Kunstmuseum Bonn.
  • 17.01.18 – 17.02.18 Hans Hartung - Simon Lee, London.
  • 12.01.18 – 17.05.18 HANS HARTUNG - NAHMAD CONTEMPORARY New York.

Awards

  • 1957: Ruben Prize of the City of Siegen.
  • 1960: Grand International Prize for Painting, Venice Biennale.
  • 1967: Appointed commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
  • 1967: Honorary prize at the VII. International Biennale of Prints in Ljubljana.
  • 1968: Appointed Commander of the Legion of Honour.
  • 1970: Grand-Prix des Beaux-Art de la Ville de Paris.
  • 1976: Honorary citizen of the city of Antibes.
  • 1981: Winner of the Oskar Kokoschka Prize of the Republic of Austria.
  • 1984: Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art.
  • 1984: Grand Federal Cross of Merit
  • 1985: Big badge of the two thousand year anniversary of the city of Paris.
  • 1987: Honorary citizen of the city of Belfort.
  • 1988: Honorary citizen of the municipality of La Gaude.
  • 1989: Grand Officier de la Légion d'Honneur.

Literature

  • Hans Hartung - Malerei als Experiment : Werke von 1962-1989, Christoph Schreier (Publ.), Cologne 2018.
  • Hartung und die Fotografie, Eva Schmidt (Publ.), Munich 2016.
  • Hans Hartung, Galerie Fahnemann (Publ.), Berlin 2007.
  • Hans Hartung, spontanes Kalkül, Hans-Werner Schmidt (Publ.), Bielefeld 2007.
  • Hans Hartung, so beschwor ich den Blitz. Arbeiten auf Papier 1922 – 1938, Museum Ludwig (Publ.), Cologne 2004.

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