Näherin. 1943. Oil on canvas. Wohlert 1655 (C). Monogrammed (in ligature) and dated in upper left. 95 x 66.5 cm (37.4 x 26.1 in) . [CH].
• An earlier version of the "Näherin" was destroyed in WW II. • In this work Hofer anew took on the theme so important to him.
PROVENANCE: Collection Lothar Hempe, Eltville/Rhine (from at leats 1949 to at least 1953). Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart (from at least 1956 to1977). Private collection Hesse/Berlin (acquired from aforementioned in 1977).
EXHIBITION: Collection Gerda and Lothar Hempe, exhibition at Galerie Schüler, Berlin, March 1949, folding leaflet no. 7. Karl Hofer, Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart 1956.
LITERATURE: Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett, Roman Norbert Ketterer, 17th auction, May 21, 1953, lot 1337 (offered from Collection Lothar Hempe, with black-and-white illu., plate XXXII). "I've never created my figuration after the outer nature of coincidence. Impressionism never really touched me, neither did the ecstasies of Expressionism. Man and the humane always have and always will be object of my depictions." Karl Hofer, quote after: ex. cat. Karl Hofer. Von Lebensspuk und stiller Schönheit, Kunsthalle Emden, 2012, p. 14