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Douglas Hofmann

Opening Night

$145,000

Framed Size: 45.5" x 36.5"

hand-signed digital pigment print on archival canvas

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About the Work
About the Artist

About the Work

This hand-signed archival pigment print on canvas is a lovely vertical ballet image in which 3 young women are composed in a pyramidal arrangement, each preparing the other’s costume for a performance – the “Opening Night”. The diaphanous tulle and satin slippers provide additional key sources of light reflection and Hofmann has also used shadowing here to create the visual sense of movement from top to bottom in the image.

“Opening Night” is a 36 x 26.25 – inch hand-signed digital pigment print on archival canvas printed in 2014 in a limited edition of 325.


About the Artist

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.