Hans Hartung  (German, 1904-1989) 

Hans Hartung (French/German, 1904–1989) was a French artist of German birth who was internationally known for his contributions to the European Art Informel movement. In the 1920s, Hartung studied art history and philosophy first at the University of Leipzig and later at Munich under the painter Max Doerner. His earliest works are characterized by sketchy, improvisational compositions that display an underlying tension between line and color. Hartung fled Nazi Germany for Paris in the 1930s, where he met the influential artists Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró, and Alexander Calder. He fought in World War II with the French Foreign Legion, and when he returned from the war, he became a French citizen. In the 1950s, Hartung’s work was regularly exhibited in major cities across Europe, and he participated in documentas I, II, and III in Kassel. In 1956, Hartung was awarded the Guggenheim prize, followed by the International Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale four years later. Hartung’s work took on a more sculptural quality in the 1960s as he began to scratch lines into blocks of color in his paintings. Hartung continued to paint and exhibit his work internationally until his death in 1989.

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Hans Hartung, T-1947-25


Hans Hartung

Auction: Apr 27, 2014
Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Hans Hartung, Farblithographie (San Lazarro et ses amis)


Hans Hartung
Farblithographie (San Lazarro et ses amis)

Auction: May 3, 2014
Auktionshaus Kiefer
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Hans Hartung, T1964-H16


Hans Hartung

Galerie Ludorff
Hans Hartung, Composition 'P 1973 A5'


Hans Hartung
Composition 'P 1973 A5'

Hans Hartung, T1976-R39


Hans Hartung

Timothy Taylor Gallery
Hans Hartung, T1989-A1 38-0


Hans Hartung
T1989-A1 38-0

Galerie Fahnemann
Hans Hartung, 2575- 191


Hans Hartung
2575- 191

Galerie Fahnemann
Hans Hartung, CP PM 1973-15


Hans Hartung
CP PM 1973-15

Galerie Fahnemann
Hans Hartung, T1979-E19


Hans Hartung

Galerie Fahnemann
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Hans Hartung, Farandole


Hans Hartung


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Hans Hartung, L 1974-23


Hans Hartung
L 1974-23, 1974


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Hans Hartung, L-1970-Farandole (set of 15)


Hans Hartung
L-1970-Farandole (set of 15), 1970
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1904   Born: in Leipzig, Germany
1925 - 1929   Studied at the Fine Art Academy in Dresden and Munich, Germany
1935   Moved to Paris, France
1946   Obtained French nationality
1956   member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Berlin, Germany
1960   Received the First International prize for painting, Venice Biennal, Venice, Italy
1970   Received the Grand Prix des Beaux-Arts from the city of Paris, France
1970   Received the "Grand Prix des Arts de la ville de Paris", Paris, France
1981   Received the Prix Kokoschka, Austria
1989   Died: in Antibes, France
2011   La peinture autrement, Musée Fernand Léger, Biot, France
2011   La couleur en avant, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nice, France
2011   Regard sur l’abstraction lyrique, Musée des Beaux Arts de Carcassonne, France
2011   Hans Hartung: The Final Years 1980-1989, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (solo)
2011   Hartung: Prints, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
2011   Boeing 70, Villa Giulia, Verbania, Italy (solo)
2011   Hartung: Prints, Musée de Vannes, France (solo)
2010 - 2011   Hans Hartung Prints, Museum of Prints and Drawings, National Museum of Berlin, Germany; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France; Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Genève, Geneva Switzerland. cat. Céline Chicha Casteix, Christian Rümelin and Andreas Schalhorn (solo)
2010 - 2011   Hans Hartung: The last paintings, Cheim & Read, New York, USA (solo)
2010   Accrochage, Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH, Cologne, Germany
Alechinsky • Appel • Dubuffet • Hartung 'Obra gráfica', Galeria Eude, Barcelona, Spain
2009   Hans Hartung, The Ultimate Work, Caserma Cosenz, Gaeta, Italy.
cat. Davide Rampelo (solo)
2008   Hans Hartung: The Gesture and the Method, Fondation Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. cat. Michel Enrici, Daniel Abadie, Jean Clair and Dora Vallier (solo)
2008   Hans Hartung, Essencial, Circulo de bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland
2006   Hartung X 3 / Aquarelles 1920, Musée des Beaux Arts, Angers, France (solo)
Hans Hartung: Hors Champ, les années 70, Galerie Aittouares, Paris, France (solo)
2005   Hartung en Chine, National Museum, Nankin, China (solo)
2004   Hans Hartung So beschwor ich den blitz, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Hans Hartung Lo spazio e il gesto, Ex-chiesa di S.Stefano, Mondovi, Italy (solo)
Hans Hartung, Conceptualisme "avant la lettre", Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, La Haye, The Netherlands (solo)
2000   Hartung, G.A.M, Turin, Italy (solo)
1999   Hans Hartung, L’esprit de la linia, Minorque, Palma, Ibiza (solo)
Hans Hartung : Gesten, Flecken, Lineaturen, Grundkreditbank eG – Köpenicker Bank, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1998   Hans Hartung, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
1997   Hans Hartung, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan (solo)
1996   Hans Hartung works on paper 1922-1956, Tate Gallery, Londres, UK (solo)
1989   Hans Hartung, Dernières Peintures, 1989, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (solo)
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France (solo)
1983   Musée d’Antibes, Antibes, France (solo)
1982   Restrospective, Stâdtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Restrospective, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst , Munich, Germany (solo)
1977   Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
1975   Hans Hartung. Paintings 1971-1975, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (solo)
1974 - 1975   Hans Hartung. Retrospektive 1921-1974, Gemälde, Tuschen, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1968   Retrospective, Musée national d’Art moderne de Paris, Paris, France (solo)
1963 - 1964   Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1963   Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1962   Hans Hartung. Cinquante oeuvres nouvelles, Galerie de France, Paris, France (solo)
1961   Hans Hartung. Oeuvres de 1920 à 1939, Galerie de France, Paris, France (solo)
1960   Galerie Van de Loo, Essen, Germany (solo)
1952   Galerie d'Art Moderne , Bale, Switzerland (solo)
1948   Galerie Lydia Conti, Paris, France (solo)
1947   Galerie Lydia Conti, Paris, France (solo)
1939   Dessins et pastels par Roberta Gonzalez et Hans Hartung, Galerie Henriette, Paris, France
1932   Blomqvist Kunsthandel, Oslo, Norway
1931   Galerie Hernich Kühl, Dresden, Germany (solo)
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid, Spain
  Tate Gallery, London, UK