T 1970 - H 18. 1970. Acrylic on canvas. Signed and dated in lower left. Verso of the stretcher titled and inscribed with the dimensions and a direction arrow. 100 x 162 cm (39.3 x 63.7 in).
Grattage in strong colors. Eventful motif in the classic colors yellow,black and blue. In an unusually large format Currently the Musée de la Ville de Paris honors the founding father of Informalism in a grand retrospective exhibition (October 11, 2019 - March 1, 2020). The work is registered at the archive of the Fondation Hans Hartung et Anna-Eva Bergman and will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné.
PROVENANCE: Galerie de France, Paris. (1971) Private collection Rhineland (acquired from Galerie Ariel, Paris).
EXHIBITION: Hartung - Grands formats 1961-1971, Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul, June 12 - July 12, 1971 (with a label on verso of the stretcher) Galerie Ariel, Paris (with a label on verso of the stretcher).
It is undisputed that Hans Hartung counts among the most acclaimed European representatives of abstract painting. Through his consequent denial of an artistic description of the objects and the iconographic traditions he created a powerful and inimitable formal language over the course of his artistic career. Particularly famous for pictures characterized by calligraphic line formations, Hartung varied the relations between color field and line in manifold ways. Many his works appear to be spontaneously draft pictures, however, his paintings are the result of a well-devised pictorial composition. In our work from 1970 Hartung dissects the superimposed color layers in a swiftly executed chipping method for which he uses a variety of tools and thus creates a fascinating and complex composition determined by a bright and explosive color force. [EH]