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Hans HARTUNG (1904-1989). T1963-H28. Vinyl and...

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Hans HARTUNG (1904-1989). T1963-H28. Vinyl and pastel on canvas, signed lower left and dated (19)63. H_100 cm W_81 cm In a stained wood frame with fine baguette. Provenance: Galerie de France, Paris. French private collection, acquired in 1981. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. C. Our painting is included in the catalog raisonné of Hans Hartung's work, under the reference corresponding to its title. We would like to thank Mr. Hervé Coste de Champeron, in charge of the Hartung-Bergman Foundation (Antibes), who kindly confirmed the presence of this work in the Foundation's archives. ATTENTION: To bid live on this lot, please contact the auction house by e-mail at WARNING : To be able to bid live on this lot, please contact the auction house by mail before to register, at In 1960, Hans Hartung was awarded the Grand Prix at the thirtieth Venice Biennale. This recognition made him an official artist of French abstraction, and in the years that followed, he received numerous state commissions. He moved to a new studio in Paris and confirmed his already unique pictorial language on large canvases. He invented new instruments to create new surfaces, such as the olive-leaf brush, and new shapes, which he sprayed with acrylic paint using an air compressor on the background of his canvases. Light bursts onto his works, which he attacks directly onto the support, giving rise to large patches of color streaked with dark, random strokes, like spatial figurations suspended in mid-air. It was at this time that Hartung accentuated the cold colors that animated his work until the end of his life. "I don't think I have an icy temperament, but I've always preferred cold colors: blue, very light turquoise green, lemon yellow, dark brown, almost black or greenish (...) there's something clear, vibrant and sonorous about yellow". Our canvas, T-1963-H28, is typical of this period, in which yellow confronts blue-black, revealing the artist's signature zebra stripes on a brown background, and in a substantial format. This artistic turning point foreshadowed Hartung's move to Antibes ten years later, in 1973, where the reflection of the Mediterranean light enabled him to pursue this quest for infinity and color.