Malvina Hoffman by Arsene Alexandre, 1st ed. SIGNED by the artist, RARE, Near ..

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Malvina Hoffman
Alexandre Arsene
J.E. Pouterman, Editeur
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Notes: A Very Good copy, First Edition, Limited Edition, one of 25 copies signed by Hoffman. Text is in French, Hoffman's works are referred to by their original titles in English. 10 3/4" x 7 1/2" Gray paper-covered boards backed with white cloth. Gilt lettering on spine. Clean and intact except for discoloration at the top and bottom of the covers. Former owner's signature on front pastedown. Front colophon notes this is one of 25 copies bound in canvas/cloth and signed by Hoffman. Hoffman's signature is in blue ink on half-title. Back colophon notes this book was printed at Imprimie Couloma under the direction of H. Barthelemy in Argenteuil. 46 pp. + 56 black-and-white plates. Includes biography, a list of her principal works, and full-page illustrations. Also included are two laid-in materials, a printed one-page document on gray paper and a pink brochure for one of her exhibitions, Men of the World: An Exhibition of Sculpture by Malvina Hoffman. The document includes the inscriptions for a sculpture and a photo mural that likely appeared in Hoffman's show. Brochure is four pages and lists exhibition sculptures. Both materials are dated c. 1939-1945. Malvina Hoffman (1885-1966) was an American sculptor who rose to prominence for her life-size sculptural portraits, particularly, her dancer series. She belonged to a creative family, and received many commissions and awards as her foundry skills sharpened in metal and stone, even doing castings herself. Hoffman was commissioned by the Field Museum of Natural History to travel to remote places and make realistic busts of people in Africa, India, and Bali. She moved to Paris and studied with Auguste Rodin, whose realist influence is clear in her work. During WWII, she became active in the Red Cross and raised money to support the Serbian side. Her work absolutely stands out in its technical skill and passionate search for human truth and dignity.

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