In the Wake of the Hurricane

In the Wake of the Hurricane

In the Wake of the Hurricane, Hans Hofmann 1960.
Oil on canvas, 72-1/4 x 60 in. University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley; Gift of the artist.

The wildly varied stroking and jabbing gestures on In the Wake of the Hurricane capture some of the sense of pandemonium caused by a natural disaster. The rapidity with which Hofmann applied the short strokes aptly conveys the relentless rush of rain being swept along by hurricane winds; a fairly generous use of thick white paint suggests frothing waves. Despite the frantic activity, the composition is given solidity by its organization around three not immediately obvious large rectangular areas: a mauve one at the top, a brown one at the left of center, and a yellow one at the right of center.

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