CHARLES HOFFBAUER PAINTINGS FOR SALE & BIOGRAPHY
Hoffbauer was born in Paris and studied with Gustave Moreau at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He first visited the United States in about 1904, when he fell under the spell of New York and particularly its night life. He painted several oil studies depicting people dining at night on New York rooftops in preparation for his major work Sur /es Toits which was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1905 and is now in the collection of the National Museum in Sydney. One of these rooftop studies now hangs at the Museum of the City of New York. Hoffbauer went on to depict many aspects of New York life, from ballrooms at the Astor Hotel to cabarets on Broadway to the streets of New York in the snow and rain. He nevertheless continued to paint in Europe during this period and one of his many First World War subjects is now in the collection of the Musee d'Orsay, Paris. Hoffbauer became an American citizen in 1941 and died in Boston in 1957.