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MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD

Phone: 212-860-5541 

 

Price: $1000.00

FINE CONDITION

JOSEF HOFMANN  - PIANIST

Original 12” x 15” autographed pastel illustration of the legendary pianist by artist Louis Lupas on fine artist’s rage paper.  Both Hofmann and the artist has signed.  Lupas was commissioned to provide all of the artwork in the 1933 book, Artists in Music of Today by Helen L. Kaufmann and Eva vB. Hansl, published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York. The illustration appears on page 50.

 

Lupas (1898-1985) was the illustrator for the theatre section of the New York Herald Tribune.  He was also a society artist in New York and also at Barry Goldwater’s bidding a political artist.  His pastels are sold regularly at auction, most are not signed by the subject, as they were accomplished as a commission by the person of fame.  In the instance of the series of musicians published in the book, nearly every illustration was signed by the artist. 

 

The piece at some point was mounted to board and removed, a small hole can be seen at the bottom left from when the artwork was separated from the mount, else fine.

 

A superb likeness of Hofmann!