This is an oil on board titled "Daphne Rock, Galapagos" by Harry Leslie Hoffman (1874-1966). Hoffman was the dean of the Lyme Art Association, one of America's oldest and best respected regional art centers. Hoffman was a life long Impressionist who sketched in oil and later developed these sketches into brightly colored mature works. Although he is valued for his American landscapes he is also highly prized for his works depicting exotic locations such as Bermuda and the Galapagos Islands, which were made famous by Darwin.
This painting is an oil on board in excellent condition. It is signed in the lower right. It also is stamped "Estate of the Artist Harry Leslie Hoffman" on the reverse. Finally, on the reverse it has a Lyme Art Association Exhibition tag that identifies the work as "Daphne Rock, Galapagos" and bears Hoffman's signature.
Hoffman was trained initially at Yale University where he studied with J. F. Weir. He went on to study at the Art Students League and finally in Paris. He became an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design in 1930, and was a member of the Salmagundi Club, the MacDowell Club, the American Watercolor Society, the National Art Club, the New Haven Paint, Clay and Chisel Club, and the Lyme Art Association, among others. His exhibitions were extensive both in the United States and abroad. At home they included the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lyme Art Association, etc. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the National Gallery of Art, the Florence Griswold Museum, the Boston City Club and the Milwaukee Art Institute.
Measurements are: painting, 12 inches x 16 inches; frame (outer dimensions), 18 1/2 inches x 22 1/2 inches.
Framing is in a hand carved and hand gold leafed arts and crafts style frame.
Condition is excellent.
This is a highly documented work by a very desirable American painter. It also is a work depicting one of the most legendary locations on earth, one that is associated with Darwin's famous scientific voyage and today is a destination for nature lovers from everywhere.
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