Hans Hofmann was born in Weissenburg, Germany in 1880. He studied art in Munich and Paris. He was influenced by the innovations of modernists, Picasso and Matisse and later by Kandinsky and Delaunay. In 1915 he founded his own art school in Munich called the Hans Hoffman School of Fine Arts. The driving philosophy behind the school was “the artistic experience evoked by objective reality and the artist’s command of the spiritual means of the fine arts…”
At the outbreak of World War I, he moved to America. Hans Hofmann spent the summers in 1930 and 1931 teaching at the University of California at Berkeley. By 1932, he was teaching at the Arts Students League in New York. He also opened art schools in the US. During the 1930s and 1940s, he resisted that dominate scene painting style and remained in favor of modernism that so strongly attracted him in Europe. Hans Hofmann’s influence on American artists by introducing them to this style was tremendous. Nature and vivid colors were strong components of his art.
Hans Hofmann died in New York, February 17, 1966. His work can be found in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Gallery and Wallrof Richartz Museum to name just a few important museum collections.