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Hans Hofmann (German/American, 1880-1966) Head of a Student

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American & European Works of Art - 3010B
Date / Time :
May 19, 2017 12:00PM


Hans Hofmann (German/American, 1880-1966)

Head of a Student
Monogram signature "...Hofmann" l.r., inscribed "13/xxxlll" l.r., titled on a label from the Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, College at Purchase, affixed to the frame backing.
Ink on translucent vellum, 14 5/8 x 12 5/8 in. (37.1 x 32.1 cm), framed.
Condition: Mat burn, toning, pinholes to corners of the sheet, nicks and small tears to edges, handling creases, adhesive residue to u.r. corner.

Provenance: Mrs. Joan Avnet, through to the current owner.

N.B. The label affixed to the frame backing indicates that the work was on loan to the Neuberger Museum, loan number 12.37.76.

Hans Hofmann, an influential teacher and artist involved with the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, probably created this drawing early in his career, sometime between 1926 and 1929, while running his eponymous art school in Munich. Drawn on translucent paper, the work may have been used to produce lichtdruck (collotype) prints-a photo-mechanical technique popular in Germany in the first half of the twentieth century. Art collector, dealer, and philanthropist Joan Avnet, along with her husband, Lester Avnet, amassed 900 Old Master and Modern drawings, 180 of which they donated to The Museum of Modern Art in 1978.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Framed dimensions: 21 x 18 1/2 in.

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