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Hans Hofmann Helped Pave the Way for Abstract Expressionism

In 1880, painter and highly influential art teacher Hans Hofmann was born on this day in
Germany. A pioneer in the use of improvisatory techniques, Hofmann’s work paved the way for
American painters to develop Abstract Expressionism.

Opening in 1915 in Munich, Hofmann’s art school would eventually relocate to New York and Provincetown. His works are in the permanent collections of major museums around the world.


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