Hans Hofmann began his professional life as a mathematician before eventually becoming interested in the creative arts after his father’s death. It is clear to see the influence of the modernist movement but also his mathematical background, exploring the structural relationships of colour and form on his canvas’. With a personal love of the works of Mondrian and other artists of that era I am naturally intrigued by Hofmann’s work, and unlike other modernist artists, Hofmann doesn’t appear to restrict himself to primary colours or a limited colour palette.
The piece above was made for Josep Sert’s (architect) 1950 city plan called the Chimbote Project, Hofmann’s work from this time has been praised as some of his best work, and although none of the buildings were built, the visual influence possible from Hofmann’s abstract paintings is impressive. As well as showing the versatility of his skill as a painter and draftsman.