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Artist Biography

Charles Hoffbauer arrived in the United States for the first time in 1909, but by then he had already gained an international reputation as one of France’s leading painters. No stranger to the cosmopolitan art community, Hoffbauer planned to stay in New York City for a few years where his brilliant reputation preceded him and he already had many artist admirers. The previous year, Hoffbauer had received critical acclaim for his Paris Salon paintings, hundreds of reviews appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. From the time of his first debut in the Paris Salon in 1898, and continuing year after year, Hoffbauer’s paintings brought him triumph after triumph. In 1906, he received the highest and most prestigious artistic honor- the Prix National du Salon, along with a sizable fellowship enabling him to travel to Italy, Greece, Egypt, England, and finally the United States where he established himself as an important force on the American art scene.

Although born in Paris, France, Charles Hoffbauer was the son of American ex-patriot artist Theodore Hoffbauer. He began his artistic training in France under the direction of Gustave Moreau and Fernand Cormon. Charles Hoffbauer spent most of his artistic career influenced by French Impressionists and American ex-patriots painters who were captivated with the city’s vigor and everyday life. Hoffbauer found much of his inspiration in the people, streets, parks, and cafes of “The City of Lights.” Upon his arrival to New York, he undoubtedly came across the works of the Ashcan Group, who also focused on vivacious scenes of real life and the ordinary.

Hoffbauer enjoyed great success as a painter in the United States and eventually became a citizen later in life. He had two exhibitions at Knoedler Galleries in New York City in 1911 and 1912, both of which were sellouts. He continued to exhibit extensively throughout his lifetime and was commissioned to paint a mural commemorating the military heroes of the South in the Confederate Memorial Institute at Richmond, Virginia. Hoffbauer excelled at mural painting, and devoted a large part of his career to this approach. His works are found in prestigious private collections and institutions around the world including: Carnegie, Rouen, France; The Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Memorial Hall, Philadelphia; Luxembourg Museum, Paris; the National Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Musee de la Guerre, Vincennes, France; Museum of Paris, and Museum Legion of Honor, Paris.