POUL HANMANN

(Danish, 1915-1981)

THREE GRACES

Oil on Canvas

38 ⅛ x 35 ½ Inches

Signed Lower Right

 

A substantial figurative oil showing the three graces, in Greek mythology the goddesses of charm, beauty, and creativity, two standing with their arms around each other's shoulders with the third turned towards the viewer, one hand resting on her head; the three contrasted against a background of variegated slate-blue, teal, jade, and brick rectangular forms

 

Winner of the prestigious Danish Akademie Scholarship (1953) and the Hesselund Scholarship (1976), Hanmann first studied in Copenhagen with Peter Rostrup Bøyesen from 1945-1950.  Rostrup Bøyesen's teaching influenced Hanmann throughout his career, and it was at his school that he met his future wife, the artist, Inger Clausen. The couple lived in Copenhagen for more than 30 years, where they painted and taught painting and drawing. Hanmann specialized in figurative work, especially female nudes, and he continued to refine and simplify his compositions and color palette throughout his career. He favored low-key tones and placed emphasis on color values and aesthetics ​​rather than on line, striving for simple forms and restrained tonal harmonies. Poul Hanmann was the recipient of numerous medals, prizes and juried awards and he exhibited with success internationally, including in Paris and London. We are pleased to offer a major work by this well-listed, European Modernist.

 

Reference:

Weilbach Dansk Kunstnerleksikon;

Davenport’s Art Reference, 2009/10 Edition, p. 1222; et al.

 

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