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 Clara Hoffmann  (1862 - 1897)

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Lived/Active: North Carolina/Ohio      Known for: figure, still life paintings

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Clara Hoffman
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Arranging Flowers
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ms. Hoffmann was born in Murfreesboro, North Carolina in 1862 and her death date is unknown. Her first formal education was at the Cincinnati Art Academy, during the years of 1885-1897, where she won three home scholarships for $100.00 each.

She exhibited at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897. Her two paintings:# 230 "Picking Poppies" and # 231 "Tune of Napoleon", received high acclaim. She also exhibited and was a member of the Cincinnati Women's Art Club, which held annual exhibitions in Cincinnati from 1893 on at Closson's Gallery, one of the city's leading commercial establishments, and later at the Art Museum. The level of professional creativity displayed at the Women's Art Club in Cincinnati was rarely achieved elsewhere in the country.

While at the Cincinnati Art Academy she studied with Frank Duveneck (1848 - 1919) and with Vincent Nowottny (1854-1908). Several of Duveneck's most talented pupils were women, including Kate Reno Miller (1874-1929), Clara Hoffmann, Caroline Lord (1860-1928), Mary Spencer(1858-1935) and Dixie Selden (1871-1936). It was during these studies that she met her best friend Emma Mendenhall (1873, Cincinnati).

Emma and Clara journeyed to study during their summers with Rhoda Carlton Marian Nicholls (1854-1930) and William M. Chase (1849-1916) at the Shinnecock Summer School in New York.

Roughton Galleries, Dallas, Texas
Courtesy to AskART from Brian Roughton

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Miss Hoffmann was a regular contributor to the Cincinnati Museum of Art’s annual Spring Exhibitions from 1895 to 1897, while still an honor student at the Cincinnati Art Academy.  Her untimely death, November 19, 1897, was recorded in the Toledo Blade:  “About the middle of September she took a rowboat ride with Robert Bruce Horsfall, till then a reputable young artist.  In the darkness in the middle of the river, against her piteous pleading, he doffed all his clothing except [his] bathing suit, which he had on under his garments, and went in swimming.  Miss Hoffmann never recovered from the nervous shock, and last night died from its effect.”

Biographical reference: Haverstock, Mary, Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900, Kent State University Press, 2000.

Submitted by Edward Bentley, researcher of Lansing, Michigan

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