Hans Hofmann: Chimbote Mural Fragment, 1950 and Golden Rectangles.
Hans Hofmann: Chimbote Mural Fragment, 1950
Sketch for Chimbote Mural Fragment Pt. 1, Oil on board: 84 x 48 inches - 1950. Courtesy of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust. Source
The Rose Art Museum
Hans Hofmann (March 21, 1880 – February 17,
1966) was a German-born American
abstract expressionist painter.
According to the Hofmann biography at the Tate Gallery website, Hofmann's work is distinguished by "a rigorous concern with pictorial structure, spatial illusion, and color relationships."
The Guggenheim Collection's information on Hofmann states that his "completely abstract works date from the 1940s". Hofmann believed that abstract art was a way to get at what was really important.
Wikipedia, Hans Hofmann.
Hans Hofmann, Circa 1950, Past Exhibition: 15 January through 5 April, 2009
Several works by legendary American abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), never shown in a U.S. museum before, debuts at The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
An extraordinary body of work created by Hans Hofmann for the architect Josep Sert’s
1950 city plan called the Chimbote
Project is the genesis for this
exhibition. The nine painting studies
Hofmann produced for a series of murals
in this Peruvian city form a concise and
inspired example of the depth of
Hofmann’s strengths as an abstract
painter and modernist visionary.
The Rose Art Museum.
Chimbote is the largest city in the Ancash Region of Peru, and the capital of both Santa Province and Chimbote District.
The city is located on the coast in Chimbote Bay, south of Trujillo and 262 miles north of Lima on the North Pan-American highway.
Abstract expressionism was an American post-World War II art movement. It was the first specifically American movement to achieve worldwide influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world, a role formerly filled by Paris.
Wikipedia, Abstract expressionism.
A golden rectangle
is a rectangle whose side lengths are in the golden ratio,
one-to-phi, that is, approximately 1:1.618. A distinctive
feature of this shape is that when a square section is
removed, the remainder is another golden rectangle, that is,
with the same proportions as the first. Square removal can
be repeated infinitely, which leads to an approximation of
the golden or Fibonacci spiral.
The Droste effect is a specific kind of recursive picture, one that in heraldry is termed mise en abyme. An image exhibiting the Droste effect depicts a smaller version of itself in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear. This smaller version then depicts an even smaller version of itself in the same place, and so on. Only in theory could this go on forever; practically, it continues only as long as the resolution of the picture allows, which is relatively short, since each iteration geometrically reduces the picture's size. It is a visual example of a strange loop, a self-referential system of instancing which is the cornerstone of fractal geometry.
Geometric abstraction is a form of abstract art based on the use of geometric forms sometimes, though not always, placed in non-illusionistic space and combined into non-objective (non-representational) compositions.