Size: 11.5 x 16 inches
Notes: Poster, Small Poster
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Adolf Oscar Hoffmann was a German artist, illustrator and poster designer whose career spanned the first decades of the twentieth century. His poster are reminiscent of a variety of contemporaneous styles, notably that of Ludwig Hohlwein in his compositions where figures take center stage. The Jugenstil influence in his work is observable in the curvilinear forms and typography, combined with flat colors - caracteristics of his earlier advertsing works also distinguishable in this piece. Hoffmann seems to have worked extensively with the printing firm Hollerbaum a& Schmidt, for whom he created another well known poster for "Die Modenwelt" (The world of fashion) in the late 1800s. Hoffmann also illustrated many books, including all ten volumes of works by Theodore Storm and the book "Auf das Meer hinaus: Abenteuer eines jungen Seemanns" (Out to Sea : Adventures of a Young Sailor) in 1910.
This small lithograph was printed in the now rare German journal "Monatshefte für Lithographie und das gesamte graphische Kunstgewerbe" (Journal for lithography and the entire graphic arts industry), Editions Bruno Hessling, Berlin, 1903. It is plate 56, lithograph produced by I. Jahrgang after an original by A. O. Hoffmann. The print has been mounted in a paper mat and is in good condition.