Hans Hartung
T1937-33 1937

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Hans Hartung 1904–1989
Date 1937
Medium Oil, charcoal and pastel on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 970 x 1300 mm
Lent by the Fondation Hans Hartung et Anna-Eva Bergman 1996
On long term loan
Not on display

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Like the Surrealists, Hartung was interested in automatic drawing – a process of freely improvised mark-making. His oil paintings were made more methodically by carefully enlarging marks from these small drawings. He believed that this was the only way to maintain their energy on a larger scale. The sweeping lines in this work reflect a turbulent sense of urgency, while Hartung's handling of charcoal, pastel and paint shows great delicacy.

August 2011

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