The Golden Wall

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1961

Artist:

Hans Hofmann
American, born Germany, 1880-1966

About this artwork

After studying in Paris among early Fauve and Cubist artists, and having an influential teaching career in Germany and the United States, Hans Hofmann began to devote himself exclusively to his own painting in 1958. Frustrated by the limits of linear perspective, he introduced his “push-and-pull” theory in order to create a more dynamic sense of space in his paintings, in which forms and colors appear to simultaneously advance and recede. In The Golden Wall, rectangles of varying sizes and colors direct the gaze across the picture. Some forms appear to float above the expressive brushstrokes that punctuate the work, while others are embedded in the background, providing the canvas with a lively sense of movement and dimension.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Hans Hofmann

Title

The Golden Wall

Origin

United States

Date

1961

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Titled and signed on verso; upper right in black pen: “the golden wall, oil on canvas, 1961, Hans Hofmann”

Dimensions

152.4 x 183.5 cm (60 x 72 1/4 in.), unframed

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize Fund

Reference Number

1962.775

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