Who We Are
Researching the life, art and lasting significance of this important artist.
Since 2001, The Heinrich Hofmann Project has endeavoured to thoroughly research the life, art and lasting significance of this important German artist.
While highly regarded in his life time, Hofmann has been ignored by the twentieth-century art history community who are indifferent to his academic style and Christian subjects. Consequently, there have been no extensive biography or published catalogue raisonné of Hofmann’s oeuvre. The Heinrich Hofmann Project aims to correct this unfortunate oversight.
Extensive research in German, English and American archives, libraries, museums, art institutes, and private collections has brought to light hundreds of letters, catalogues, articles, reviews, books, and photographs. This has made possible the cataloguing of over 800 Hofmann works of art and the commencement of a detailed biography of the artist.
Furthermore, Angela Swanson Jones and the team have written two articles including “Heinrich Hofmann: The Famous Religious Paintings of an Unknown Artist”, Fine Art Connoisseur, Vol. 8, Issue 4 (New York, August 2011) and “Heinrich Hofmann: Painter of Christ”, Sacred Gifts: The Religious Art of Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann and Frans Schwartz (Exhibition Catalogue, Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 2014).
In 2013, the team acted as consultants for Brigham Young University Museum of Art’s blockbuster exhibition “Sacred Gifts, which included six major paintings by Heinrich Hofmann. They assisted in finding Hofmann paintings, writing labels, and giving interviews. In March 2014, head author Angela Swanson Jones presented at the museum’s Sacred Gifts Symposium at an audience of nearly 200 people. This lecture can be found in the resources tab of this website.
Over the past decade we have made much progress in the understanding and appreciation of Heinrich Hofmann’s art. However, there is still much to be uncovered. To learn more about the history of our project please click here.
Angela Swanson Jones
M.A. Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Angela is chairman of the Heinrich Hofmann Project. Angela has long had an interest in German and European nineteenth-century art. When she was invited to join the project in 2006, she found it an ideal match for her skills and interest. Angela is head writer and cataloguer of the biography and catalogue raisonné.
Hans and Ruth Froelke
Native German speakers, the Froelkes are researchers and genealogists who have been working on the Heinrich Hofmann Project from its very beginning. They have spent countless hours gathering resources and translating materials from old German to English.
Dr. Vern G. Swanson
Ph.D. Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Dr. Swanson is the former director of the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, UT. He is also a recognized authority and sought after speaker on British, Continental, Russian and American art. Having authored fifteen books and numerous articles, he has acted as a consultant, advisor and researcher on the Heinrich Hofmann project.
This website aims to give fans of the artist information about this highly significant artist, but also asks for your help in aiding our research. We are always interested in finding out the whereabouts of Hofmann’s “lost” paintings and drawings. We are always eager to find articles, reviews, documents previously unknown to us. If you have any information, please contact us via the Contact tab or the button below.
Additionally if you would like to volunteer in translation of primary material from German to English, your help would be greatly appreciated.