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Three Female Figures in a Landscape

Karl Hofer, German, (October 11, 1878–1955)

Creation date: Circa 1909

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Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger.
Accession Number: 2011.103
Dimensions: 17 7/8 in. x 23 in. (45.4 cm x 58.42 cm)
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At a certain level, this canvas seems a fairly traditional image of female nudes at water’s edge, and the poses—especially of the central and right figures—recall those of nymphs in many a mythological scene. The woman at the left seems, however, to be drying herself after emerging from the water, and her hair is gathered atop her head more in the manner of the modern bather than the arcadian nymph. Furthermore, the juxtaposition of the notably thin woman at the left and the rather more plump figure at the right suggest that Hofer is offering us something other than another in the long line of pictures of idealized, classical nudes. The work was probably made during Hofer’s time in Paris, during which period he was greatly influenced by Cézanne’s paintings.
Last Updated: 7/26/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

General Exhibition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 11/1/1977 - 00/00/00

Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection , 1/28/1984 - 3/11/1984

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

German Expressionism San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Steven L. Brezzo and Ida Katherine Rigby. Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection San Diego Museum of Art.
Page Number: 10


Initialed, LR corner:

Label, : Fine / Arts / Gallery / of San Diego / Loan No. 0745-77 3 of 10 / Date 11-1-77 / Purpose General Exhibit / Karl Hofer "3 Weibl Figuren in Landsen" / Lender Dr. Vance Kondon

Label, : KARL HOFER, GERMAN (1878-1955) / [underline]3 WEIBL FIGUREN IN LANDSEN[end underline], c. 1909 / OIL ON CANVAS / LOANED BY VANCE E. KONDON, M.D.

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