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Richard Peter Hoffman (American 1911-1997) Medium: Watercolor Shrimp boat in the Louisiana Bayou. Biography: Richard Peter Hoffman was a precisionist painter, photographer, and designer. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1911, Hoffman was born into an eighth generation Pennsylvania Dutch family. He was the only child of successful local merchants, his father owning a grocery store and his mother, a millinery shop. Hoffman studied at Mercerburg Academy, the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, and the Parsons School of Design. Hoffman began his career painting traditional impressionist landscapes in watercolor, similar to those of the group surrounding Walter Emerson Baum at the Baum School. Inspired by the work of the modernist and precisionist painters, his style began to change dramatically. Never abandoning his Pennsylvania Dutch cultural roots, most of his precisionist landscapes incorporated Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art motifs. His work is both unique and appealing, a lively palette and representational themes combine hard and soft edges showing the obvious influence of fellow Pennsylvania Modernist, Charles Sheeler. His mediums combine casein, watercolor, India ink, and crayon, giving his paintings a unique surface and texture. Hoffman was not prolific, producing only 189 paintings between 1946 and 1965. As each work was carefully composed and tediously perfected, like many artists, Hoffman would become attached to his masterpiece and would not want to part with it. This is largely the reason why Richard Peter Hoffman is not as well known among precisionist collectors today. It was not until the end of his life that his paintings were dispersed and so far, few have surfaced. An avid photographer, Hoffman stopped painting in 1965 to concentrate on his photography. He also had an interest in theater and designed sets for local productions. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the National Society of Painters in Casein, the Audubon Artists, the Woodmere Art Museum (1950 award, 1952 prize, 1962 award), the Knickerbocker Artists (1955 award), and the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (1965 award). Size with frame 22.5" wide x 17.25" high Size without frame 20" wide x 14.75" high.            

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  • Creator
    Richard Hoffman (Artist)
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1955
  • Period
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Painting is in good condition. Frame has some wear.
  • Dimensions
    H 17.25 in. x W 22.5 in. x D 1 in.H 43.82 cm x W 57.15 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Seller Location
    Hamilton, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1355213981482
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