Hans Hoffman in his studio
"I do not want to avoid immersing myself in trouble — to be a mess — to struggle out of it. I want to invent, to discover, to imagine, to speculate, to improvise — to seize the hazardous in order to be inspired. I want to experience the manifestation of the absolute — the manifestation of the unexpected in an extreme and unique relation. I know that only by following my creative instincts in an act of creative destruction will I be able to find it." (1950) Hans Hofmann (March 21, 1880 – February 17, 1966)
Mural, 711 Third Avenue (in situ), 1956
Lonely Journey, 1965, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 ⅛ in.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (1989.397),
Gift of Renate Hofmann, 1989
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“I can’t understand how anyone is able to paint without optimism. Despite the general pessimistic attitude in the world today, I am nothing but an optimist.”
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Through a painting we can see the whole world.
Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous, or superficial effects.
At the time of making a picture, I want not to know what I am doing.; a picture should me made with feeling, not with knowing.
There is in reality no such thing as modern art. Art is carried on up and down in immense cycles through centuries and civilizations.