Hans Hofmann

Hans Hofmann, a pioneer of the Abstract Expressionist movement, came to America in the early 1930s to escape Nazism in his native land, Germany.  For many years he was an influential teacher in New York and Provincetown, imparting his philosophy of painting to younger artists.  Hofmann found it difficult to teach and pursue his own painting at the same time, because, he said, “when I paint, I want not to think; when I teach I must explain everything.” At the age of 78, he stopped teaching and devoted himself exclusively to his art, painting Ruby Gold shortly thereafter.