Hans Hartung’s early artistic endeavours showed nothing of the originality that was to come. He began by replicating old masters, particularly the German painters, at the Fine Arts Academy of Dresden. It was while in Dresden, in 1922, that he saw an exhibition that changed his life. The Internationale Kunstausstellung showcased modern French and Spanish painters and at this moment Hartung knew that he had to leave Germany and expand his horizons. He experienced much personal and social turmoil throughout the 1930s and 40s, while at the same time developing his own unique style. His first solo exhibition finally came in Paris in 1947.