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The Wind

Hans Hofmann

The Wind

Hans Hofmann
  • Date: 1942 - 1944
  • Style: Action painting
  • Genre: abstract
  • Media: gouache, indian ink, oil, board

Pictures such as The Wind have been at the center of a long controversy over whether Hofmann inspired Jackson Pollock's use of the drip technique. Some have claimed that Pollock saw pictures like this when he visited Hofmann's studio in 1942, and that this inspired his first use of poured paint in 1943.It was first thought that this work was produced in 1942, but now, professionals believe, that The Wind was produced around 1944, and that it was Pollock and Hofmann's twin interest in the work of Andre Masson, among others, that led both men to experiment with dripped paint at the same time.

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