art expressionist

“To sense the invisible and to be able to create it — that is art.”

Hans Hofmann was born #onthisday in 1880. The abstract expressionist was also an influential modern art teacher, whose students included Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell.

[Hans Hofmann. Cathedral. 1959. Oil on canvas. Fractional and promised gift of Agnes Gund in honor of William Rubin. © 2017 Estate of Hans Hofmann/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

Jackson Pollock, Untitled, Ink on paper, c. 1950

In Vienna there are shadows. The city is black and everything is done by rote. I want to be alone. I want to go to the Bohemian Forest. May, June, July, August, September, October. I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds. I want to gaze with astonishment at moldy garden fences, I want to experience them all, to hear young birch plantations and trembling leaves, to see light and sun, enjoy wet, green-blue valleys in the evening, sense goldfish glinting, see white clouds building up in the sky, to speak to flowers. I want to look intently at grasses and pink people, old venerable churches, to know what little cathedrals say, to run without stopping along curving meadowy slopes across vast plains, kiss the earth and smell soft warm marshland flowers. And then I shall shape things so beautifully: fields of color… ////egon S C H I E L E