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Almost a century before western artists created completely abstract paintings, the poses of yoga often were telling choreographed flowing stories that can be as alluring and evocative as the feeling of the paintings by artist Douglas Hofmann."Divine Inspiration" is a stunning, brilliantly-colored work painted in beautiful detail. Lotus Pose is considered by many to be an archetypal yoga posture. The arrangement of your hands and feet in the pose resembles the petals of a lotus flower—the blossom that grows from its base in the mud to rest above the water and open to the sun. Not only is the model exquisitely rendered, but the Indian carpet in the background proves Hofmann's mastery with textile details and color. "Divine Inspiration" is a 48 x 43 - oil on panel created in 2019.
Douglas Hofmann was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945 and began his training in art after high school at the Maryland Institute of Art. During his first year there he discovered Joseph Sheppard who would be significant mentor and influence throughout his career. He began studying with Sheppard, taking on anatomy, drawing and painting from the model, all of which were new to Hofmann. There he also discovered the Maroger method, which enables the artist to use thin layers of paint and techniques similar to those of the Old Masters. Through his burgeoning interest in the Old Masters, Hofmann began to develop his individual taste. Emulating Vermeer, he painted situations from his home and studio using his wife and children as his models. Hofmann later expanded his subject matter to include his memorable nudes and his much-loved ballet works. Though his subjects have changed over the years, women have always dominated his panels and prints.