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"...Didi Hoffman undoubtedly adds something unique to the picture, convincingly liberating the artist’s own, ecumenical feelings on biology—that all of humanity springs from the same root, that people are all brothers and sisters—from the racist ways in which her work has been used. This is valuable. A loving tribute to an innovative artist."
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"Regrettably, Malvina Hoffman has been neglected and is hardly known today.
"With determination, passion, and great talent she carved a memorable and successful career as a sculptor. She traveled the world, creating ethnic portraits of cultures and civilizations now lost. A protege of Rodin, she helped found the museum in Paris, dedicated to his art. She recorded in bronze and stone, the leading personalities in the world, as well as creating monuments, architectural facades, ballet dancers, bull fighters, and the common man.
"Importantly, Malvina Hoffman, became a symbol for women to pursue and achieve prominence and distinction as sculptors, formerly a profession dominated by men.
"It is time for a revival and appreciation of Malvina Hoffman, her art and life. I am hopeful that Didi Hoffman’s biography will stimulate a deserved interest in her place in American sculpture. "
Everett Raymond Kinstler
Recipient Copley Medal from the Smithsonian, National Portrait Gallery, its highest honor. Pall bearer for friend Malvina Hoffman
"This book is a welcome account of the fascinating career of Malvina Hoffman. The author has told the story with sympathy and imagination. Her straightforward prose is evocative of Malvina’s sculpture: an honest statement of a point of view, presented with skill and confidence. The astonishing achievements of Malvina Hoffman deserve to be told in this way."
Richard Lariviere, PhD
President and CEO
The Field Museum
WWI RED CROSS MISSION
Malvina Hoffman went to war torn Bosnia and the Balkan states immediately after World War 1 to help Herbert Hoover and the American Red Cross help end mass starvation in Europe. There were still war skirmishes, disease and living conditions were not even basic.
AWARDED THE LARGEST BRONZE
COMMISSION IN HISTORY OF ART
In 1930 Malvina Hoffman was awarded the largest bronze commission in the history of art. She was awarded more money than any other artist $1.4M in today's dollars (1930) for the Field Museum Hall of Mankind.
MALVINA & RODIN
PROTEGE AND FRIEND
Friend and protege of Auguste Rodin, she helped him catalog his work prior to WW1. Rodin died in 1917 and the Musee Rodin asked Malvina Hoffman to install his works for the opening of the museum.
MALVINA & ANNA PAVLOVA
FRIENDS AND ENTREPRENEURS
Anna Pavlova and Malvina Hoffman created a 26-panel bas relief frieze over a 15 year period of the Bacchanale. Together the two women collaborated in the business of art to increase their sales and receipts. Both were single women, running their own global businesses, before women had the right to vote.
FIRST WOMAN INSTALLED IN
THE LUXEMBOURG GARDENS
In 1919, Malvina Hoffman was the first woman ever installed in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, she was only the second American installed. Russian Dancers was stolen by the German's in World War 2, and never seen again.
Malvina Hoffman was known as sculptor first rank in the art world and won almost every award. She was named a fellow in the National Sculpture Society.