Hans Hartung, Pioneer of Abstraction

Sotheby's upcoming Paris auction, Modernités on 16 October, features a number of works by German-French artist Hans Hartung, best known for his gestural abstract style.

As a child growing up in the German city of Leipzig, Hans Hartung (1904-1989) was terrified of thunderstorms. He used to fill notebook after notebook with zig-zag lines, in the hope they’d prevent lightning from harming him. Years later, when Hartung had established himself as one of the world’s top artists, he claimed his interest in abstraction could be traced back to those early drawings of electric flashes across the page.

(Full text via Sotheby’s France)