Hans Hofmann Quote

Monumentality is an affair of relativity. The truly monumental can only come about by means of the most exact and refined relation between parts. Since each thing carries both a meaning of its own and an associated meaning in relation to something else — its essential value is relative. We speak of the mood we experience when looking at a landscape. This mood results from the relation of certain things rather than from their separate actualities. This is because objects do not in themselves possess the total effect they give when interrelated.


'Excerpts from the Teaching of Hans Hofmann', p. 68 - Search for the Real and Other Essays (1948)

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Monumentality is an affair of relativity. The truly monumental can only come about by means of the most exact and refined relation between parts....

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Monumentality is an affair of relativity. The truly monumental can only come about by means of the most exact and refined relation between parts....

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Monumentality is an affair of relativity. The truly monumental can only come about by means of the most exact and refined relation between parts....

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Monumentality is an affair of relativity. The truly monumental can only come about by means of the most exact and refined relation between parts....