Hoffman, Irwin D.

(1901 - 1989)

Irwin Hoffman, portrait painter, lithographer and etcher, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. In 1924, he was awarded the Page Traveling Scholarship, which allowed Hoffman the opportunity to continue his studies throughout Europe. In 1930, he traveled to Russia, where Russian peasants became his subject matter. He traveled to Mexico in 1933, where his work received critical acclaim.  In the late 1930's, Hoffman began focusing on miners and their way of life, clearly influenced by his family, as his two brothers were mining engineers. A mural of his that shows the history of mining was exhibited at the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco in 1939. In 1943, Hoffman became an Artist-Correspondent for Abbott Laboratories, documenting training for Navy medical corpsmen preparing for action in the South Pacific and Europe.

Exhibitions (partial listing): Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1940-41 Association of American Artists, 1939, 1940 (solo), 1945, 1952 Salons of America, 1934 Whitney Museum of American Art Art Institute of Chicago, 1942 Society of Independent Artists, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1938-39