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for science, however, Hofmann soon gravitated towards the arts, and began his formal art training after his father passed away in the late 1800s.

In 1898, Hofmann studied at Moritz Heymann’s art school in Munich. It was there that Hofmann was introduced to Impressionism and Pointillism, the burgeoning new art movements of the time. Early works (such as a 1902 portrait of Hofmann’s future wife, Maria (Miz) Wolfegg) show the influence these popular modes of painting had on the young artist; they also demonstrate his tremendous promise as an artist. Indeed, Hofmann showed so much potential that one of his instructors, Willi Schwartz, suggested that he travel to France to continue his studies. In 1904, with the financial support of Berlin art patron Phillip Freudenberg, Hofmann relocated to the center of all new developments in art: Paris.

Miz later joined him, and the two lived in Paris for ten years during one of the most (continued)

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