Hans Vincenz, German artist, 1900 bis 1976

Hans Vincenz, Abstrakter Expressionismus
Hans Vincenz 1900 - 1976 · German Artist · Abstract Expressionism

In 1945, after returning from the war, I resumed efforts in painting which resulted in periodic cycles. In 1947, these were my first non-objective pictures and, after that, various experimental approaches leading to my most recent work.
After this record of influences and phases of development, the painter might be expected (considering his long experiences in the field) to make a statement about work in art, about meanings and general goals. The only point, however, about which I can speak is to describe the process of working, technique; about the participation of the intellect; on the whole a report of the “workshop.“ The artist is not able to speak in words about meaning and essence of art generally since his language is to speak in terms of his metier...Hans Vincenz
Abstract Expressionism :The existential shock caused by the Holocaust and the Second World War as well as the discontentment with the traditional aesthetic concepts of modern art results in an intense search for an adequate subject matter and an adequate pictorial language. The term Art Informel was first used in 1952 by French writer, Michel Tapie, the author of the book Un Art autre (Art of Another Kind.) Despite all differences in the visual solutions, the Abstract Expressionists created works of art which reflect processes in nature without falling back upon real visual experiences.
The Abstract Expressionists show a strong desire for a new definition of their relationship to nature. Even if nature as subject matter is not relevant, the relationship to nature is fundamental for the ideas in Abstract Expressionism. With Abstract Expressionism processes of growing become a subject matter by projecting them upon the creative process. The creative process itself becomes a process in nature.

"After seeing the almost numberless and elephantine paintings by modern Europeans at the Salon de Mai in Paris, and at the extensive and flashily presented Documenta II exhibition in Kassel, Germany, it was a most pleasant contrast to encounter the relatively small scale but richly inventive works of Hans Vincenz at his studio in Essen Werden."
Jerry Bywaters, Director - Dallas Museum of Fine Art