Hans Hartung L36 1957

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Hans Hartung 1904–1989
Date 1957
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 501 x 320 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
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Hartung was acknowledged as one of the leading abstract painters in Paris after the Second World War. His prints relate closely to the thousands of brush and ink drawings that he made in 1953-6. Dynamic compositions emerge from clusters of lines tracing repeated gestures. Hartung believed that these forms were comparable to those in the natural world. He wrote: 'Our organic knowledge, whether it is of the flow of blood or of the force which is in a growing stem, finds its parallel, its equivalent, in what we create.'

September 2004

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