Earl Francis Hofmann, realist painter, teacherEarl Francis...


October 03, 1992

Earl Francis Hofmann, realist painter, teacher

Earl Francis Hofmann, who painted and taught in Baltimore before moving to Southern Maryland, died Tuesday of cancer at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Hofmann, who was 64 and lived in Hollywood, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Leonardtown.

He was one of a group of artists dubbed the Six Realists and opened a gallery of that name in 1961.

He left Baltimore and a home in Bolton Hill in 1970 and served as artist-in-residence at St. Mary's College until the late 1970s, when he began teaching part-time at the Calvert County Branch of the Charles County Community College.

He was especially well known for his landscapes, often depicting urban industrial scenes, figures and flowers.

In his early days, his largest pictures were about 25 by 30 inches, but he increased the size of his works over the years, recently doing a picture that was 4 by 6 feet.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Forest Park High School and served in the Marine Corps in the late 1940s

Interested in drawing since grade school, he did commercial art while in the Marines and then began studying painting at the Maryland Institute under Jacques Maroger, whom he later assisted in anatomy classes. He also attended Loyola College.

In 1951, while still a student at the Institute, he began exhibiting pictures at the grand Central Galleries in New York, where he won several prizes and was named a life member.

His works are on display at several major museums, including the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and the Peale Museum, where he won first prize in the 1958 Life in Baltimore Show.

He also created paintings or murals for a number of buildings, including St. Ignatius Church, St. Joseph's Monastery Church and Mercy Medical Center, which has a painting of his variously known as the Madonna of Baltimore or Our Lady of Baltimore.

In addition, he did a portrait of Cardinal Lawrence J. Shehan, begun just before he became a cardinal in 1965.

In 1965, he was named director of art and design for a new Baltimore office of Thomas J. Gibbons Inc., a church-decorating firm.

He also taught at Boys' Latin School and in adult evening classes at the Towson and Catonsville high schools.

Always he was painting and his works were also exhibited in two consecutive Corcoran Gallery of Art biennial shows and were included in the Guggenheim Traveling Exhibit that toured the country.

His works were also exhibited at the old Hilltop Theatre School of Art Gallery in Baltimore and in galleries and museums in New York City; Columbus, Ga.; Sarasota, Fla.; Ogunquit, Maine; Miami Beach, Fla.; and other communities as well as in several additional galleries in New York and in the Washington area.

He was a fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters.

At St. Aloysius Church, he not only provided art but also sang and played the guitar with the folk music group.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Jean Nordstrom; two daughters, Judith Hofmann and Elizabeth Ford, both of Baltimore; two sons, Jacques Hofmann of Hollywood and Mark C. Hofmann of Baltimore; his mother, Mary Jarboe Hofmann of Catonsville; two sisters, Mary Kafka and Frances Martin, both of Catonsville; a brother, Anthony Hofmann of Catonsville; and six grandchildren. Ann Farley Sullivan, a former department store supervisor who was active in politics in Northeast Baltimore, died Wednesday at her home in Rodgers Forge after an apparent heart attack.

Services for Mrs. Sullivan, who was 83 and lived in the Northwood area until 1988, were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

Mrs. Sullivan worked in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s at the downtown Stewart & Co. store.

A member of the Coggins-Gallagher 3rd District Democratic Organization, she gave teas for many local and citywide candidates.

She was a former president of the Northwood Garden Gate Club and formerly headed the Sodality and the Parish Council at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church.

At her death, she was a member of the auxiliaries of Good Samaritan and St. Joseph hospitals.

The former Ann Farley was born in Cockeysville and reared in Baltimore. Her husband, John J. Sullivan, died in 1973.

She is survived by a son, John J. Sullivan Jr. of Towson; and two grandchildren.

Doris Simmons


Doris Simmons, a retired nutritionist in the Anne Arundel County Health Department, died Wednesday of emphysema at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Services for Mrs. Simmons, who was 77 and lived in Glen Burnie for many years before moving to Arnold in 1973, were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, First Avenue and A Street S.W., in Glen Burnie.

She retired in 1973 after working for many years as a nutritionist in county programs. She was a life member of the Glen Burnie Health Association.

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