Hans Hartung: La peinture pour mémoire
The last major monograph on Hans Hartung was written by Pierre Daix, 30 years ago, as the artist’s life was coming to an end. Hartung left behind a considerable body of work, but his final period still wasn’t understood or justly appreciated.It was time to bring Daix’s colossal and historic book up to date. Pierre Wat, who in fact won the Prix Pierre Daix in 2018, took up the task.
Pierre Wat worked in intimate contact with Hartung’s works and in constant collaboration with the Fondation’s teams to represent both the artist’s multiple experiments and the unity underlying his long life. Without neglecting the biographical dimension, Pierre Wat’s book concentrates above all on the quality and meaning of Hartung’s artistic production and is based on an extremely rich iconography.This volume is thus an art object itself, giving the fullest homage to who Hartung was and what he produced.