Hans HartungT1982-E15 1982

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Hans Hartung (1904‑1989)
Date 1982
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1850 x 3000 x 40 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1998
Not on display

Technique and condition

The painting was executed on a single piece of medium-weight, commercially-primed linen fabric, whose threads have a rather uneven thickness. This piece of fabric was stretched around an expandable softwood stretcher with a second piece of (unprimed) linen fabric (a 'loose lining') and both piece of fabric were attached together along the edges with copper tacks. The commercial priming has been analysed as an acrylic emulsion gesso material.

The paint is oil paint and appears to have been applied in a variety of techniques over the stretched face of the canvas. The first layer was the very thin background colour, which exhibits a smooth gradation from black through blue to a yellow-green and was possibly applied with a spray gun. Certainly no brushstrokes are visible in these areas. Then the red colour was applied. In the central region it is much thicker and appears applied by brush and was probably used straight from the tube, but it also extends right to both ends over the initial thin applications of colour… (read more)

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