Modern (19th century-1945) Graphic Arts
(Karlsruhe, Germany, October 11, 1878 - April 3, 1955, Berlin, Germany)
Painter and printmaker Karl Hofer was born in Karlsruhe, Germany on October 11, 1878. He spent much of his young life in an orphanage, eventually becoming apprenticed to a bookseller. In 1897, he won a scholarship to the Grossherzogliche Badische Akademie der Kunste in Karlsruhe, where he was influenced by the work of Arnold Bﬂcklin. Hofer studied in Paris on scholarship in 1901 and did post-graduate work with Hans Thoma in 1902. He studied in Rome from 1903-8, experiencing Hans von Mar≥es' classicism and Paul Cezanne's use of color. Hofer returned to Paris and was taken prisoner of war in 1914 after the outbreak of World War I. He was held for three years, returning to Germany and settling in Berlin after his release.
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