Hans Hofmann (1880–1966)
Untitled (lecture demonstration drawing)
charcoal on paper
635 x 479mm
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, gifted by Jerome Burns, 1978
Accession no. 1978.580.2
Reproduced with the kind permission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
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Hofmann's demonstration drawing, with its numbered overlapping planes, links Scales's diagrams and sketches directly to the original source material of his theories.
Blue covered sketchbook, 20 loose leaf pages containing:
- Theoretical studies
- Drawing of St Tropez tower of l’ Eglise de Notre Dame de l'Assomption, with numbered planes and indications of movement through space
- Instructions for preparation of canvas for paint
- Page inscribed "Vendredi 17 juin criticism in morning Afternoon at Mr Kinzinger’s house short lecture"
- Maxims of Léopold Survage and Albert Gleizes dated 1927
- Drawing of road into village with sign post to right of road
- Drawing of St Tropez landing stage
Inside front cover (in artist's hand) rue de la Grande chaumière 10 Académie colarossi
Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by H. F. V. Scales, 1979
Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by the artist, 1979.
Pages include drawings related to: St Maxime [BC018], Mediterranean Village [BC019], Untitled [Basilica and Lighthouse, St Tropez] [BC020], Basilica and Lighthouse, St Tropez, Southern France [BC021].
The date “Vendredi 17 juin" [Friday 17 June fell in 1932] is noted on one of the pages – Scales was in Christchurch, New Zealand by June 1932 as reported by Art in New Zealand, June 1932 (‘Art Notes’, vol. IV, no. 16, pg 291). She also exhibited at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Autumn Exhibition in 1932. It is possible the artist intended to write Mercredi [Wednesday] which fell on 17 June in 1931. The lecture at Mr Kinzinger’s house on that day would most likely have taken place in St Tropez, where Scales was at that time.
‘Flora Scales: The Woman and Her Work’ by Barbi de Lange, Art New Zealand, issue 37, 1985, pg 49 (black and white)