The Blind Man and the Girl, Karl Hofer
Karl Hofer
The Blind Man and the Girl
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Karl Hofer

The Blind Man and the Girl, 1943


Dimensions
102.0 x 90.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2451
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 as a gift from Dr. Neubronner
Status
On display

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About the Work

In 1943 Karl Hofer’s Berlin studio was destroyed during a bombing raid. The painter, whom the National Socialists had banned from his profession in 1937, had to look on as more than 1,000 of his paintings were consumed in the flames. This key work was created shortly afterwards. Hofer presents himself as a blind man in front of the ruins of the destroyed city. The artist thus underlines his loss and helplessness, but at the same time offers a glimmer of hope: he finds support in the figure of a young woman gazing optimistically ahead. Hofer painted two more versions of this motif that same year.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Blind Man and the Girl
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: CH43
Work Catalogues
  • Wohlert/Eisenbeis 1725

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 as a gift from Dr. Neubronner

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 46B53 bank
  • 31A2352 sitting on an elevation
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'

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15.05.2019