Hans Hartung



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Prints and Drawings Room

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Hans Hartung 1904–1989
Lithograph on paper
Image: 520 × 320 mm
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.'

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Hans Hartung born 1909

P77141 L10 1957

Lithograph 520 x 320 (20 1/2 x 12 1/2); on BFK Rives paper, same size; watermark ‘BFK Rives'; printed by Jean Pons, Paris and published by Berggruen, Paris in an edition of 100
Inscribed ‘Hartung' below image b.r. and ‘79/100' below image b.l.
Purchased at Hauswedell & Nolte, Hamburg (Grant-in-Aid) 1986
Lit: Rolf Schmücking, Hans Hartung: Werkverzeichnis der Graphik 1921-1965, Brunswick 1965, p.73 repr.

See entry on P77142.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.375


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