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The Gate

Hans Hofmann

The Gate

Hans Hofmann
  • Date: 1959 - 1960
  • Style: Abstract Expressionism
  • Genre: abstract
  • Media: oil
  • Dimensions: 190.5 x 123.2 cm

The Gate was painted in 1959–60 as part of a series of works loosely devoted to architectonic volumes. Hofmann used rectangles of color to reinforce the shape of his essentially unvarying easel-painting format. Although The Gate is subjectless, Hofmann insisted that, even in abstraction, students should always work from nature in some form. With determination, a viewer can see that the complex spatial relationship established by the floating planes of color begins to resemble the gate of the title.

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