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(b Leipzig, 21 Sept. 1904; d Antibes, 7 Dec. 1989). German-born abstract painter and printmaker who settled in Paris in 1935 and became a French citizen in 1946. During the Second World War he fought in the French Foreign Legion; he was badly wounded in 1944 and had a leg amputated without anaesthetic. Hartung was an individualist who pursued his own path, unconcerned with fashion and sustained by what he called ‘stubborn staying power’.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)