- Stephen K. Smith
Hofmann, Hans (21 March 1880–17 February 1966), artist and teacher, was born Johann Georg Albert Hofmann in Weissenberg, Germany, the son of Theodor Hofmann, a government official, and Franciska Manger. The Hofmann family moved to Munich when he was six years of age. He left home at the age of sixteen to take a position with the State of Bavaria (secured for him by his father). For two years Hofmann worked on engineering and architectural projects for the state, and during this period he invented a number of devices. He was rewarded by his father, who hoped he would study science, with a gift of 1,000 Deutsch Marks meant to encourage him in his technical education. Despite his father’s wishes Hofmann used the money to leave his job and enroll at Moritz Heymann’s Munich art school. Through his teacher, Willi Schwartz, Hofmann became familiar with the post-impressionist style. By 1908 he was exhibiting in Berlin alongside many of the well-known pioneers of modern art....