Hofer was denounced by the Nazis for his “degenerate art” and no fewer than eight of his works were included in a Nazi propaganda exhibition in Munich in 1937.
However by the end of his life in 1955 he was considered one of the greatest German artists of his time. Now his work can be found all over the world including at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany.
The 50 lots going under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt come from the family of the artist by descent. The artist’s second wife, Elisabeth has signed some of the artwork.
Original pencil sketches, charcoal drawings as well as a couple of prints are included in the sale. Most are undated.
Hofer was a fierce critic of the Nazis even before they rose to power and wrote articles denouncing Nazism.
He was banned from the Reich Chamber of the Fine Arts because of his marriage to his first wife Mathilde, who was of Jewish heritage. This amounted to a professional ban as he could no longer sell his works publicly.
The couple divorced and he married his second wife Elisabeth who the Nazis considered more “Ayran” and Hofer was re-admitted to the Reich Chamber.
However without the protection of marriage Mathilde fell foul of the Nazis and was transported to Auschwitz where she perished in November 1942.
The Hofer sale will follow the regular monthly antiques’ sale at around 2pm on Thursday, February 6. The day will conclude with an automobilia auction, which is set to start at around 3pm.
All three sales will be on view this Saturday (February 1) at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, between 9am and 12.30pm.
There will be further opportunities to view on Tuesday, February 4, and Wednesday, February 5, from 9am-5pm. For more information please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.