The Entertainer' 1918 - 1920
- About the artwork
Classic Art Deco bronze by the Berlin artist Otto Schmidt-Hofer (1873-1925). He created four variations on a dancer called "the Entertainer" around 1920. It is seen as his most distinctive work. It concerns four variations of the same statue, one is a chryséléphantine (ivory and bronze), one in bronze, one version dressed in a dress set with stones and this version, a gilt bronze nude with small blue stones in her headdress. The statue has a marble base and is signed on the base with 'Schmidt-Hofer'.
- About the artist
Otto Schmidt-Hofer (1873-1925) was a German sculptor who worked in the late 1800s and early 1900s. His work can be classified in various styles, the neoclassical, Art Nouveau and Art Deco from 1915 until his death in 1925.
He studied at the Art Academy and also in the educational department of the Museum of Applied Art in Berlin, founded as the Deutsches Gewerbe-Museum Berlin in 1868.
At the time, he specialized in genre sculptures with working people performing normal daily tasks and activities.
Schmidt-Hofer was a member of the National Association of Artists in Germany. He made several neoclassical statues in patinated bronze and was a member of the Reichsverband bildender Künstler in Germany.
Schmidt-Hofer was able to make the transition to Art Deco during the latter part of his career between 1915 and 1925.
One special Art Deco sculpture of that time was "the Entertainer". As described above, he made the same dancer in 4 different performances.
Schmidt-Hofer died in Berlin in 1925. Together with other German sculptors of the period, such as Iffland, Preiss and Schmidt-Felling, Schmidt-Hofer belongs to the list of important Neoclassical, Art-Deco and Art Nouveau sculptors of Germany.