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Early Years in Europe Teaching in America Birth of a Movement Celebrating a Master
1914
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1918
Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is assassinated in Sarajevo, effectively leading to the beginning of WWI.
1915
Disqualified from the army due to his lung condition, and with the assistance of Freudenberg terminated by the war, Hofmann decides to teach to earn a living. In the spring, he opens the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts at 40 Georgenstrasse, Munich, which gains widespread recognition and attracts American artists such as Worth Ryder, Glen Wessels, Louise Nevelson, Carl Holty, Vaclav Vytlacil, Alfred Jensen and others.
1916
Dada artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Jean Arp, and Max Ernst, react against the chaos and destruction of the War, which they see as a failure of civilization and rationality. They experiment with accident and chance creating work that is simultaneously playful, absurd and confrontational.
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“Through a painting we can see the whole world” -Hans Hofmann, 1952
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