Red Parable, Hans Hofmann
Hans Hofmann
Red Parable
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Hans Hofmann

Red Parable, 1964


Dimensions
152.0 x 122.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2412
Acquisition
Acquired in 2013 with support of the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert and The Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust. Joint property with the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On loan

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About the Work

The artwork 'Red Parable' by Hans Hofmann is full of contrasts. The complementary colours of red and green define the painting and stand opposite each other in the colour circle; that is to say, they heighten each other to maximum brilliance. Mixed together, on the other hand, they result in a dull brown. Hofmann plays the colours off against each other: delicate red, running out at the edges, stands next to green which has been applied opaquely with a broad brush. A third component links the two levels: red pastose accents have been set on the canvas using a palette knife and then crossed out. The areas of colour, ranging from transparent to opaque, are created using different tools and techniques: paintbrush and palette knife, shaking and dripping. Hofmann lets the paint play an active role. Although he defines a basic structure, he allows the material space to develop freely.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Red Parable (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Hans Hoffmann 64

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2013 with support of the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert and The Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust. Joint property with the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

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Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 22C4(GREEN) colours, pigments, and paints: green
  • 22C4(RED) colours, pigments, and paints: red
  • 22C4(WHITE) colours, pigments, and paints: white
  • 51AA6 Composition

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14.10.2019