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Hans Hartung - German Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Hans Hartung (1904 - 1989)

Born in Germany, Hans Hartung moved to Paris in 1935 and became a French citizen in 1946. Hartung began painting in 1922 and formulated his own abstract style. He fought in the French Foreign Legion in World War II. He suffered a serious injury in 1944 in which one of his legs had to be amputated without anesthesia. After the war, he became known as a leader of the Art Informel movement. In 1960, Hartung was one out of two winners of the painting prize at the Venice Biennale. His freewheeling abstract paintings set influential precedents for many younger American painters of the sixties, making him an important forerunner of American Lyrical Abstraction of the 1960s and 1970's.

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