Hans Hartung - T 1955-23a
Oil on canvas. 73 x 57 cm. Framed. Signed and dated 'Hartung 55'. - Minor traces of age.
"With Hartung, stroke and energy are equated to one another. From a larger art historical perspective, this energetic interpretation of line and stroke is part of each great process in the new painting, in which the 'handwriting' becomes the supreme criteria of the artistic, and where ultimately everything that is not pure, directly expressive handwriting, is rejected.[…] Hartung's pictures are not only expressionist eruptions. They are always 'pictures' in which order prevails as well as painterly quality. Hartung cultivates his painting as such, even where he only seems to scribble." (Werner Schmalenbach, in: Hans Hartung, exhib.cat. Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover et al., Hanover 1956, p.5f.)
The present work is registered in the Foundation Hartung Bergman, Antibes, and will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the Foundation Hartung Bergman, Antibes.
Will Grohmann Collection, Berlin; family collection since
Konstanze Rudert (ed.), Zwischen Intuition und Gewissheit, Will Grohmann und die Rezeption der Moderne in Deutschland und Europa 1918-1968, textbook for the exhibition of Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden 2013, p.180 with colour illus. 5
Dresden 2012 (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau), Im Netzwerk der Moderne, Kirchner, Braque, Kandinsky, Klee, Richter, Bacon, Altenbourg und ihr Kritiker Will Grohmann, exhib.cat.no.48, p.155 with colour illus. (with erroneous title)