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Artist:
Bill Witt, 1921 - 2013  Search this
Sitter:
Hans Hofmann, 21 Mar 1880 - 17 Feb 1966  Search this
Medium:
Selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 32.9 × 32.1 cm (12 15/16 × 12 5/8")
Sheet: 40.6 × 45.4 cm (16 × 17 7/8")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\Massachusetts\Barnstable\Provincetown
Date:
1948
Exhibition Label:
In 1935, the painter Hans Hofmann, who had recently immigrated to the United States from Germany, established a summer art school in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It was there that the photographer Bill Witt took this photograph during a “Friday Critique.” As an essential part of the curriculum, Hofmann would bring together students to discuss their works in detail. The school empha- sized studio practice, and students spent much of their time working from models and still lifes. For Hofmann, an artist excelled only when she or he had a complete sense of her or his chosen craft, including the history of its medium.
En 1935, el pintor Hans Hofmann, recién emigrado de Alemania, estableció una escuela de verano en Provincetown, Massachusetts. Fue allí que el fotógrafo Bill Witt captó esta imagen durante la “crítica de los viernes”. Como parte esencial del currículo, Hofmann reunía a los estudiantes para discutir sus obras en detalle. La escuela enfatizaba la práctica de estudio, es decir, los estudiantes trabajaban gran parte del tiempo con modelos vivos o naturalezas muertas. Según Hofmann, el artista lograba destacarse solo cuando tenía un sentido integral de su oficio, incluyendo la historia de su técnica de preferencia.
Topic:
Architecture\Window  Search this
Interior\Studio\Art  Search this
Architecture\Loft  Search this
Hans Hofmann: Male  Search this
Hans Hofmann: Visual Arts\Art Instructor  Search this
Hans Hofmann: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Abstract Expressionist  Search this
Hans Hofmann: Literature\Writer\Art  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Bill Witt
Object number:
NPG.93.144
Restrictions & Rights:
© BIll Witt
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
In Mid-Sentence
On View:
NPG, North Gallery 220
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.93.144