ARTISTS / Modern art
Karl Hofer

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1878born in Karlsruhe
1897Studies painting at the Grand Ducal Baden Academy of Arts in Karlsruhe and becomes a master student of Hans Thoma
1902moves to the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart as a master student of Leopold von Kalckreuth
since 1905Works by Hofer regularly shown at exhibitions, such as the "Berliner Secession
1908-13stay with interruptions in Paris
1910 and 1911Travels to the British colonies in India; the impressions gained there are incorporated into his subjects
1913Hofer becomes a member of the "Freie Secession
1920Appointed to the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Charlottenburg and appointed professor the following year
1923member of the Prussian Academy of Arts
1927he founds the "Badische Secession" in Karlsruhe
 During National Socialism, Hofer's art is ostracized as "degenerate" and 300 works are removed from museums
1937he is represented with eight paintings in the Nazi propaganda exhibition "Degenerate Art
1945director of the Academy of Fine Arts
1955he is an adversary in the public dispute with Will Grohmann about figuration and abstraction
1955dies in Berlin
1955his works are presented posthumously at documenta 1 in Kassel
Karl Hofer belongs to the artists of the zero hour, to the artists who were present with their pictures after the Second World War, because they had continued to work, partly abroad, partly in inner emigration. Karl Hofer was an important role model and point of reference in a time of general uncertainty and disorientation.
In many of his works, one can sense the belief and hope in a time when people would once again feel the warmth of the sun, in a time when blossoming youth would once again see a future worth living before them. Karl Hofer's graceful young girls still rest in themselves, their innocent sensuality is able to give comfort. His couples sit at the table, even when the meal is meager, their heads bowed. Again and again, in addition to his allegorical still lifes and landscapes, he creates the theme of human couples, as man and woman, as friends and as sisters: In the search for friendship, that man be a support to man, lies the way. 
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