1964
Hans Hofmann
American, born Germany. 1880-1966

Oil on canvas
77 3/8 x 83 5/8 inches

Hans Hofmann painted To Miz—Pax Vobiscum, 1964, near the end of his long career as an eminent painter and influential teacher. Stylistically, the Modern Art Museum's painting, with its striking rectangular planes of color, exemplifies Hofmann's late style, while, chronologically and personally, the composition suggests an occasion of closure and renewal for the artist.

Hofmann coined the term "push and pull" to signify a composition's ability to evoke flatness and depth simultaneously. The artist believed that this was the essence of painting and "only from the varied...

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