Born in 1880 in Weissenburg, Bavaria, Hofmann settled in New York City in 1932 after years of traveling around Europe. Once in New York, he taught at the Art Students League on 57th Street. In 1933 he opened the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Manhattan. He opened a summer school in Provincetown, MA the following year and hence divided his time between the city and the coast. He continued to teach in both New York and Provincetown for the next twenty-eight years. As told in his book “The Search for the Real and Other Essay,” published in 1948, Hofmann produced a new type of landscape, one composed not of trees and land, but of the tension between space, form, color and planes.