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Early Years in Europe Teaching in America Birth of a Movement Celebrating a Master
1908
Hofmann exhibits with the New Secession in Berlin, and again in 1909. Miz designs scarves with Sonia Delaunay (then Sonia Uhde).
1910
Hofmann’s first solo exhibition is held in Berlin. He becomes friends with Robert Delaunay, who influences his exploration of color, as does his study of Wassily Kandinsky’s pioneering ideas on color, spirituality, and pure abstraction. Hofmann designs patterns for Sonia Delaunay’s Cubist fashions.
1913
The Armory Show in New York brings modern art to a wide audience, altering the direction of American painting despite public outrage. A critic describes Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2” as “…an explosion in a shingle factory.” Art students in Chicago burn effigies of Matisse and Brancusi in protest.
1914
Hans and Miz leave Paris for Corsica to regain his health during a bout of tuberculosis. They were then called to Germany by the illness of Hans’ sister. The outbreak of World War I prevents their return to Paris.
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“Through a painting we can see the whole world” -Hans Hofmann, 1952
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