Lace Makers, Puerto Rico

Irwin D. Hoffman


Irwin D. Hoffman American (1901-1989)

Lace Makers, Puerto Rico

Medium: Drypoint

Year: 1944

Signature: Signed and titled in pencil, Signed and dated in the plate

Publisher: Associated American Artists

Size: 9-5/8 x 11-3/4 inches

Description: Known early as a talented portrait artist, Hoffman later earned a reputation for gritty genre scenes and in the late 1930s went to Puerto Rico to observe the peasant life there. Likely the women here are making mundillo, a cultivated, handmade bobbin lace that was brought to Puerto Rico from Spain, where it had thrived in major commercial markets. This lacemaking skill has now become an honored tradition among Puerto Rican women involved in the craft.

Condition: Two spots in bottom margin, verso toned

Stock Number: 31223c

Price: $400.00