This surrealistic work was executed in 197 by the representative of Viennese Phantastic Realism Moving Diethelm Hofer ( born 1945 in Karlstift (Lower Austria). On the back of the painting is original artist label with the name of artist, dating and original title in German: Verklärung der Eindringlings" ( in English: The Transfiguration of the Invaders).
After extensive travels through Europe, he studied from 1967 to 1973 at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna under W. Hutter. He lives as a freelance painter in Vienna.
Based on numerous nature studies, with a preference for shells and snail shells, Hofer arrived at representation variants of a ´mirror of a world of archetypes´, which he, standing in the tradition of the fantastic realists, executes in a surrealistic manner."
[from: Pappernigg, Michaela (edit.)/ Reiter, Cornelia (edit.)/ Kahler, Thomas (edit.): Art of the 20th Century. Inventory catalog of the Austrian Gallery of the 20th Century, Vol. 2: G–K, ed. v. i.e. Austrian Gallery Belvedere, Vienna 1995, p. 132].
Inscription: signed and dated (19)79, left in the middle , on the back of the painting is original artist’s label with the name of artist, dating (19)79 and original title in German: Verklärung der Eindringlings" ( in English: The Transfiguration of the Invaders).
Technique: Oil on wood, frame from plexiglass.
Measurements: unframed, diameter 29 1/2" (75 cm), framed diameter 32 1/4" (82 cm).
Condition: very good.