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Modern and Contemporary Art
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Artist: Hans Hofmann, American, born Germany, 1880–1966

The Pond


Oil on canvas

101.6 × 127 cm (40 × 50 in.)
Gift of Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935
Hans Hofmann moved permanently to the United States with the onset of World War II; in his new homeland, he instructed many important artists of a younger generation in schools that he eventually opened in New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts. While the Abstract Expressionists with whom the painter was affiliated tended to distance their work from European Modernism in order to proclaim a new American brand of art, Hofmann remained indebted to earlier European styles and aesthetic philosophies with which he had become familiar as a young artist in Germany and in Paris. The Pond illustrates an affiliation with Impressionism—and the work of Claude Monet in particular—through flat, overlapping fields of color that convey physicality rather than illusion.
Not on view
20th century

Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, NY, 4/18/59


Art of the 50’s and 60’s: Selections from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, exh. cat. (Ridgefield, Conn.: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 1965), no. 44.

Richard Brown Baker Collects!: A selection of contemporary art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1975), 10, 34–35, no. 9, fig. 9.

Fortissimo!: Thirty years from the Richard Brown Baker Collection of contemporary art, exh. cat. (Providence, R.I.: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1985), 31–32, 59, 137, no. 66, ill.

Jennifer Farrell et al., Get There First, Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 174, 177, fig. 4.

Frauke V. Josenhans et al., Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2017), 165, no. 20, ill.

Diana Bush et al., The History and Legacy of Samuel M. Kootz and the Kootz Gallery, ed. Jennifer Farrell, exh. cat. (Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia Art Museum, 2017), 32, fig. 5.

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