Irwin D. Hoffman (1901 - 1989)
Born in East Boston, Massachusetts, painter, lithographer and etcher Irwin Hoffman's early display of talent led to studies beginning at age 15 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School where, upon graduation from public high school, he became a full time student with a full scholarship. At age 19, Hoffman mounted his first one man exhibit in a Boston galery. In 1924, the Museum School awarded Hoffman the Paige Traveling Scholarship, it's most distinguished prize, which enabled him to travel throughout Europe accompanied by fellow artists and good friends. There he absorbed both the classic traditions of European painting and the avant-garde styles then coming to the fore.
Returning to America, Hoffman established a studio in New York City which served him as a lifelong anchor, and from which he traveled during the 30s & 40s with his brothers, owners of a mining enterprise with locations in the American southwest, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. His work addressed the traditions of the ordinary people whom he encountered and befriended. It also reflects Hoffman's strong sense of social consciousness. Irwin Hoffman died at New York City.
Etching, 1929; edition not stated. Image size 5-15/16” x 7-7/8”; sheet size 9-9/16” x 12½”. A richly inked impression in fine condition, with light toning in the sight area. The sheet has occasional ink smudges from the printing, well away from the sight area and a series of brad holes around the perimeter, the result of an early and careless framing job.
Etching, 1945; edition not stated. Image size 11-7/8” x 8-7/8” with full margins. A warm detailed impression signed in the plate and printed by the artist, and titled and signed in pencil by Hoffman in the lower margin. Very good + overall condition with minor ink stains at the edges of the sheet recto & verso.