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CONDITION: FAIR with 3 inch tear in the left lower quadrant. SOLD AS IS.
PAINTING by SETH HOFFMAN ARE VERY RARE, SO ARE ORIGINAL PORTRAITS OF PRESIDENT FDR. THIS PAINTING IS AN HISTORICAL AND VERY RARE PIECE OF AMERICAN ART. Origins: was displayed and acquired at auction at the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity at OHIO STATE University.
Artist: Seth Hoffman AKA Samuel S. Hoffman
FDR portrait, 1942
Oil on canvas
Canvas size: 22 in × 28 in (Framed size: 28 in × 34)
Note: Presented by The Industrial Association of Juvenile Apparel Manufacturers 1942
Thirty-second president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933–1945.
Samuel Seth Hoffman was commissioned to paint a portrait of President Roosevelt in 1942.
Artist Seth Hoffman BIO (from Wikipedia):
Samuel S. Hoffman (September 8, 1895 – August 2, 1948) was a twentieth-century American artist, most noted for his black & white monotypes.
A native of Philadelphia, Hoffman studied at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1914-1920) with Philip Hale, Emil Carlsen, Daniel Garber, Charles Grafly, and Henry McCarter, and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Hoffman moved to New York, where he became a member of the Woodstock Artists Association and taught art at the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Locals 22 and 91, in New York City.
By profession painter, etcher, and teacher, his work was exhibited at Pepsi-Cola, 1945; National Academy of Design, 1940; solo shows: Macbeth (Feb. & Nov. 1930, Feb. 1932), Grand Central (1935), Milch Galleries, NY; Casson Gallery, Boston; O'Brien Gallery, Chicago; Tilden & Thurber Gallery, Providence; Milwaukee Art Institute; Detroit Institute of Arts; Grand Rapids Art Gallery; Westchester Center, White Plains, NY. As a WPA artist, Hoffman was commissioned to create a series of monotypes set in Westchester for the county's offices and libraries, which he completed in 1934.
Hoffman's monotypes can be found in the permanent collections of Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; Corcoran Gallery of Art at Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, D.C.; Springville Museum of Art, Springville City, UT; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., as well a in the currently touring Sigmund R. Balka Collection of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, NY.
Hoffman was born on the 8th of September in 1895 in Philadelphia. He was married in Philadelphia in 1920 to Molly Gaylburd, known also as Marie "Molly" Gilbert, and they had one son, Henry G. Hoffman, born in Philadelphia in 1927. In New York, Hoffman lived in Lake Mohegan, Westchester (1935); Peekskill, Westchester (1940); and New York City. He died after a long illness on the 2nd of August in 1948 in Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, at the age of 52.
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