Ludwig von Hofmann, “Nudes”, 1905, Pastel on Paper
Ludwig von Hofmann was born in Darmstadt in 1861. His father Karl Hofmann was prime minister of the Grand Duchy of Hesse from 1872 to 1876 and was member of Bismarcks Cabinet as trade secretary.
Ludwig von Hofmann began to study art under his uncle Heinrich Hofmann at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 1883. He transferred in 1886 to Karlsruhe, where historical painter Ferdinand Keller was among his teachers. In 1889 Von Hofmann completed his studies in Paris at the renowned Académie Julian. While in Paris, he became acquainted with the local avant-garde and was a strong admirer of the works of mural painter Puvis de Chavannes and printmaker Paul-Albert Besnard.
Ludwig von Hofmanns works adopt inspiration from various tendencies of contemporary art such as Historism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Light-flooded Arcadian landscapes with mostly idealized male and female nudes in harmony with nature are his most characteristic motifs.