Monumental and high quality genre scene "Dress fitting" was executed in the last quarter of 19th century by prominent German painter and writer Carl Heinrich Hoff the Elder (1838 in Mannheim - 1890 in Karlsruhe).
From 1855 to 1858 he studied at the Art School in Karlsruhe under Johann Wilhelm Schirmer and Ludwig des Coudres. In the summer of 1858 Hoff followed the call of the Dusseldorf School of Painting and moved to Dusseldorf to continue his studies under Benjamin Vautier´s instructions.In 1862 he spent half a year in Paris. A series of study tours in Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Dalmatia and Montenegro followed and broadened his scope and served, after he had become independent in Dusseldorf in 1862, to make a respected by a number of serious and cheerful genre pictures. He painted with fondness compositions with costume figures, which were characterized by happy invention, pleasing color, fine characteristics and elegant treatment.Karl Hoff, a very active member of the artist association Malkasten, was from 1870 to 1872 president of the General Association of Carnival Friends to Düsseldorf .Since summer 1878 he became professor of Carlsruhe Academy , Hoff´s students included Hans Bachmann in Düsseldorf and Alexander Koester in Karlsruhe, Julius Fehr and history painter Carl Becker.
Literature: artist lexicon by Thieme/Becker, Leipzig,1999.
Inscription: signed lower left.
Technique: oil on canvas, Magnificent original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 34 3/8" x h 26 7/8" (85,5 x 143 cm), framed w 42 1/8 " x h 34 1/2 " (107 x 87,7 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.