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August Light

August Light

Hans Hofmann

""August Light" reveals Hofmann in a precise, geometric mood, although his painting style often extended to a more lyrical style. Here all drawing is eliminated; instead we have rectangles of pure color - bold, simple colors, which seem to move in and out, to "push and pull," through space. Hofmann's color rectangles are thought to show the influence of him of analytical cubism." 19th & 20th century art from collections of alumni & friends : inaugural exhibition, September 11 - November 8, 1970, Elvehjem Art Center (1970), p. 92
Hans Hofmann
(American, b. Germany, 1880 - 1966)
August Light
Oil on canvas
52 3/8 x 60 1/8 in. Overall
Bequest of Alexander and Henrietta W. Hollaender
Accession No.
United States


7 February 1962, sold by Kootz Gallery (New York, NY) to Alexander and Henrietta W. Hollaender (Oak Ridge, TN); 1987, deposited on long-term loan to Elvehjem Museum of Art [ now called Chazen Museum of Art]; 1992, bequeathed to Elvehjem Museum of Art [now called Chazen Museum of Art]

  • Villiger, Suzi, ed. "Hans Hofmann: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings." Farnham, Surry; Burlington, VT: Lund Humphries, 2014. p. 148, no. P1078
  • Elvehjem Art Center. "Inaugural Exhibition: 19th & 20th Century Art from Collections of Alumni & Friends." Madison, WI: Regents of the University of Wisconsin, 1970. pp. 92-93, no. 103
  • Elvehjem Museum of Art. "Handbook of the Collection." Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison, 1990. no. 131
  • Elvehjem Museum of Art. "Artscene" Vol. 3, No. 5, Fall 1987. p. 2
  • Kunstmuseum Bern. "Teruko Yokoi: Tokyo--New York--Paris--Bern." Berlin: Hatje Cantz Verlog, 2020. pp. 148, 159

  • Inaugural Exhibition: 19th & 20th Cen. Art from Collection of Alumni & Friends: The Elvehjem Art Center, 9/11/1970–11/8/1970
  • 26th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, The: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1/16/1959–3/8/1959

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