Hartung Hans

Hartung Hans

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  • Hartung Hans (1904-1989)

Born in 1904, Hartung studied at the Akademie der Schöne Künsten in Leipzig (1924-1926), as well as the Munich Fine Arts School before settling in Paris. In 1944, Hans Hartung enlisted in the Foreign Legion; he was wounded and had his right leg amputated. In 1945, he became a French citizen.

His art translates his nightmares and suffering into abstract and lyrical painting. He covers his canvases and paper with hatching and swirls, large dark masses drawn in Indian ink, oil or pastel. The artist believes that only "tachism" can express the despair of the horrors of war.

Hans Hartung was awarded the Grand Prix at the Venice Biennale in 1960. During his lifetime, he received a large number of  tributes and honours. A centre bearing his name, a museum and study centre for his work, has recently opened in Antibes.

Hans Hartung died in 1989 in Antibes. 

The present lithograph titled “Gedanken” was originally drawn in 1976 to be part of an album of six original lithographs by Hans Hartung and accompanied with reflections by the writer Ernst Jünger. The album was published in 1987/88 by Erker-Presse in St. Gallen, Switzerland.


    • Lithograph 
    • 1987
    • Signed lower right
    • Numbered 43/50 lower left
    • H 25 cm x W 17 cm 
    • Framed