Hans Hofmann - 20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, July 2, 2020 | Phillips

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  • In Short

    "Through a painting we can see the whole world."
    - Hans Hofmann

    In Hans Hofmann's Yellow Glow, 1960, light appears to project ouward through a translucent curtain of vertical green brushtrokes. The composition shows the artist experimenting with creating a sense of dimensionality, even in abstraction, through layers of color and texture. The verdant green that dominates the color palette of Yellow Glow recurs in paintings from the same year, many of which were executed in the same size. This intimate format invites close looking and gives the viewer a sense of peering into a cave or grotto, lit by beams of light from above.

    • Provenance

      Kootz Gallery, New York
      Raymond Johnston (acquired from the above in 1961)
      Richard J. Kaskel, Fort Lauderdale
      Private Collection (by descent from the above in 2012)
      Heritage Auctions, Dallas, May 22, 2013, lot 72027
      Private collection, California (acquired at the above sale)

    • Exhibited

      Beverly Hills; San Francisco; Chicago, Feingarten Galleries, Hans Hofmann: An Exhibition at the Feingarten Galleries, May 28 - September 1, 1961

    • Literature

      Suzi Villiger, ed., Hans Hofmann: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Volume III: 1952-1965, London, 2014, no. P1218, p. 240 (illustrated)


Yellow Glow

signed and dated “Hans Hofmann 1960” lower right
oil on paper, mounted on Masonite
14 x 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm)
Painted in 1960.

Full Cataloguing

$25,000 - 35,000 

Contact Specialist

John McCord
Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
New York
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20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020