1880 Hans Hofmann is born in Weissenburg in Bavaria, Germany, on March 21. His father Theodor Hofmann, a government official, and his mother Franciska, the daughter of a prominent brewer and wine producer, have three sons and two daughters. Hans was the second son.
1886 The family moves to Munich. Hofmann attends public schools and develops special interests in mathematics, science, and music. He plays the violin, piano and organ and begins to draw.
1896 With his father's help, finds a position as assistant to the director of public works of the state of Bavaria. Patents several scientific inventions.
1898 Studies painting with Willi Schwarz, who introduces him to Impressionism, at Moritz Heymann's art school in Munich.
1900 Meets Maria "Miz" Wolfegg, his future wife.
1903 Through Willi Schwarz, he meets Phillip Freudenberg, the nephew of a Berlin collector, who becomes his patron from 1904 to 1914 and enables him to live in Paris (though he often summers in Germany).
1904 Frequents the Café du Dome, a haunt of artists and writers, with Jules Pascin, a friend from Mortiz Heymann's school. Miz joins him in Paris. Attends evening sketch classes at the école de la Grand Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi. Meets Picasso, Braque and Matisse.
1908 Exhibits with the Neue Sezession in Berlin, and again in 1909.
1910 First one-person exhibition held at Paul Cassirer Gallery, Berlin. Meets and befriends Robert Delaunay.
1914 Hofmann and Miz leave Paris for Corsica to recuperate from what proves to be tuberculosis. Called to Germany by the illness of his sister, they are forced by the outbreak of World War I to remain in the country. Financial assistance from Phillip Freudenberg ends.
1915 Ineligible for the army because of the aftereffects of his lung condition, and with Freudenberg's assistance terminated by the war, Hofmann decides to earn a living by teaching. Opens the Schule für Bildenes Kunst in Munich.
1918 After the war his school becomes known abroad and attracts foreign students. Between 1922 and 1929 holds summer sessions in Bavaria, Yugoslavia, Italy and France. Makes frequent trips to Paris. Has little time to paint but draws continually.
1924 Marries Miz Wolfegg.
1930 At the invitation of former student Worth Ryder, teaches a summer session at the University of California, Berkeley, where Ryder is an associate professor in the Department of Art. Returns to Munich for the winter.
1931 In the spring, teaches at the Chouinard School of Art, Los Angeles, and again at Berkeley in the summer. Exhibits drawings at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco—his first one-person exhibition in the United States.
1932 Returns to Chouinard School of Art in the summer. Advised by Miz not to return to Munich because of growing political hostility towards intellectuals, Hofmann settles in New York. Former student Vaclav Vytlacil helps arrange a teaching position at The Art Students League of New York.
1933 Spends the summer as a guest instructor at the Thurn School of Art in Gloucester, Massachusetts. In the fall opens a school in New York at 444 Madison Avenue. Begins to paint again.
1934 Upon the expiration of his visa, travels to Bermuda where he stays for several months before returning to the United States with a permanent visa. Teaches again at the Thurn School of Art. Opens the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts at 137 East 57th Street in New York.
1935 Opens a summer school in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
1936 Hofmann moves his school to 52 West Ninth Street in New York.
1938 The Hofmann School moves again to 52 West Eighth Street, its permanent home in New York until 1958. Hofmann's lecture series at the school in the winter of 1938-39 is attended by such figures as Arshile Gorky and Clement Greenberg.
1939 Miz Hofmann arrives in America and joins her husband in Provincetown. From that year on they spend five months each summer in Provincetown and the rest of the year in New York.
1941 Becomes an American citizen. Delivers an address at the annual meeting of American Abstract Artists at the Riverside Museum. Solo exhibition at the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans.
1942 Lee Krasner, formerly a Hofmann student, introduces him to Jackson Pollock.
1944 First exhibition in New York at Peggy Guggenheim's The Art of This Century Gallery. Hans Hofmann, Paintings 1941-1944 opens at The Arts Club of Chicago and travels to the Milwaukee Art Institute. Hofmann's paintings are included in Forty American Moderns at 67 Gallery and Abstract and Surrealist Art in America at the Mortimer Brandt Gallery (arranged by Sidney Janis in conjunction with publication of Janis' book of the same title) in New York. Meets critic Clement Greenberg. Close friendship with author and critic Harold Rosenberg begins.
1945 Included in Contemporary American Painting at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Included in all subsequent Whitney painting annuals.
1947 Exhibits at Betty Parsons Gallery in New York, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and in Pittsburgh. Begins to exhibit with the Kootz Gallery, New York, which would hold a one-person show of Hofmann's work each year (except 1948 and 1956) until the artist's death.
1948 Retrospective exhibition of his work at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, in conjunction with publication of his book, The Search for the Real and Other Essays.
1949 Travels to Paris to attend the opening of his exhibition at the Galerie Maeght and visits the studios of Picasso, Braque, Brancusi and Miró. Helps Fritz Bultman and Weldon Kees organize Forum 49, a summer series of lectures, panels and exhibitions at Gallery 200 in Provincetown.
1950 Participates in a three-day symposium at Studio 35 with William Baziotes, James Brooks, Willem de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Theodoros Stamos, David Smith and Bradley Walker Tomlin. Joins the "Irascibles," a group of Abstract Expressionist artists in an open letter protesting the exclusion of the avant-garde from an upcoming exhibition of American art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
1951 Juries the 60th Annual American Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago with Aline Louchheim and Peter Blume.
1954 Solo exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
1955 Clement Greenberg organizes a small retrospective of Hofmann's paintings at Bennington College in Vermont.
1956 Designs mosaic murals for the lobby of the new William Kaufmann Building, 711 Third Avenue, New York. Retrospective held at the Art Alliance in Philadelphia.
1957 Retrospective exhibition held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, traveling to Des Moines, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, Utica and Baltimore.
1958 Ceases teaching to devote himself full-time to painting. Moves his studios into his former New York and Provincetown schools. Completes a mosaic mural for the exterior of the New York School of Printing at 439 West 49th Street.
1960 Represents the United States with Philip Guston, Franz Kline and Theodore Roszac at the XXX Venice Biennale.
1962 Retrospective exhibition opens at the Frankische Galerie am Marientor, Nuremburg and travels to Cologne, Berlin and Munich. Exhibition Oils on Paper 1961-1962 opens in Munich. Awarded Honorary Membership in the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Nuremberg and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Dartmouth College.
1963 Miz Hofmann dies. Retrospective exhibition Hans Hofmann and His Students organized by William Seitz opens at The Museum of Modern Art and travels throughout the United States, South America and Europe. Signs an agreement to donate forty-five paintings to the University of California, Berkeley, and to fund the construction of a gallery in his honor at the University's new museum, then in the planning stage.
1964 Receives an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and the Solomon Guggenheim International Award. Becomes a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York. Renate Schmitz inspires The Renate Series.
1965 Awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Pratt Institute, New York. Completes The Renate Series inspired by Renate Schmitz, whom he marries.
1966 Hans Hofmann dies on February 17 in New York.