Hans Hartung

Spontaneous calculation

How should we understand a painting that is created through a paradoxical process of spontaneity and calculation? For some time Hans Hartung has given the impression that his gestural paintings are created as the immediate expression of emotions via direct actions on canvas. However, for some time, Hartung has only been “spontaneous” in his drawings. In all of his works painted up to 1960, he has based his works on drawings that he has transferred exactly and without variation onto the canvas. Now, for the first time, these drawings and paintings are being juxtaposed; we can observe Hartung as experienced graphic artist. A further highpoint is the selection of Hartung’s final paintings, in which the artists discovered a new freedom of expression. One chapter is dedicated to the photographs of Hans Hartung, rarely shown until now.
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Hans Hartung

November 2007

ISBN 978-3-86678-114-6

24,00 × 30,50 cm

272 pages

133 colored and 80 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust jacket, without Schuber

Languages: German

by Hans-Werner Schmidt, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig , und Dirk Luckow, Kunsthalle zu Kiel foreword Dirk Luckow, and Hans-Werner Schmidt authors Annie Claustres, Robert Fleck, and Jan Nicolaisen

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Hans Hartung. Spontanes Kalkül“, 2007/2008, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, 2008, Kunsthalle zu Kiel.