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1936
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1938
The Hofmann School moves to 52 West 9th Street, then to 52 West 8th Street in 1938. A planned “European Summer Session” (traveling to Paris, the Cote D’Azure, Italy and Capri) is called off after Hitler moves into Austria in the spring. Hofmann delivers a lecture series once a month at the school in the winter of 1938-39, attended by such figures as Arshile Gorky and the critic Clement Greenberg.
1937
After “cleansing” German museums of 16,000 works of art, Hitler opens the exhibition Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) to condemn and defame Modernist artists. He proclaims, “Anybody who paints and sees a sky green and pastures blue ought to be sterilized.”.
1939
Germany invades Poland. Britain and France declare war on Germany. World War II begins.
1939
Miz Hofmann arrives in America. After a stay in New Orleans, she joins her husband in Provincetown. They spend five months each summer in Provincetown and the rest of the year in New York.
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“Through a painting we can see the whole world” -Hans Hofmann, 1952
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