The Final Years 1980 - 1989
Hans Hartung (born Leipzig 1904, died Antibes 1989) was a German-born émigré who made France his home and fought with the French Foreign Legion during WW2. He achieved great recognition for his work in post-war Europe, and was awarded the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1960. In 1994 a foundation in Antibes was established in his name alongside that of his wife, Anna Eva Bergman. This is the artistʼs first show in London since Hans Hartung: Works on Paper, 1922-1956, (curated by Jennifer Mundy) was held at Tate Britain in 1996.
Hartung is best known for his 1950s gestural and existential abstractions: psychographs in paint composed of dramatic sheaves of dark brush strokes, against a light washed background. What has only become known recently, is that Hartung meticulously planned and copied these apparently spontaneous paintings from much smaller sketches and studies. This fact has forced a reassessment of our idea of Hartung as an expressionist artist, positioning him instead as an early exponent of design.
Starts March 10th.
Acrylic on canvas
185 x 300 cm