Malvina Hoffman (1887-1966)
Nordic Man
inscribed 'Malvina Hoffman ©' and stamped 'Alexis Rudier. Fondeur Paris.' (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
26½ in. (67.3 cm.) high
M. Hoffman, A Sculptor's Odyssey, London, 1936, p. 6, 162, 165-166 illustration of another example.

Lot Essay

The original life size 'Nordic Man' is in the Field Museum, Chicago. In 1929 the museum commissioned Hoffman to create figures representing the races of man. Hoffman, who was briefly a student of Rodin, selected Alexis Rudier to be the principle foundry for the Field Museum project. The pose of 'Nordic Man' echoes Rodin's 'The Age of Bronze'.

This 1/3 life size version was cast in an edition of four.

We are grateful to Janis Conner of Conner-Rosencranz, LLC, for her assistance in cataloging this lot.

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