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Eye Candy for Today: Hans Hoffmann watercolor and gouache hedgehog

A Hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus), Hans Hoffmann,
A Hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus), Hans Hoffmann

Watercolor and gouache on vellum; roughly 8 x 12 inches ( 21 x 31 cm). In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

16th century German artist Hans Hoffman was noted for his detailed paintings of animals and other natural forms. He was tremendously influenced by the watercolor and gouache nature studies of Albrecht Düer, and that influence is evident in this wonderful study of a hedgehog.


4 responses to “Eye Candy for Today: Hans Hoffmann watercolor and gouache hedgehog”

  1. Tremendously influenced by Durer, indeed. So much so, that Hoffman’s work has often been mistaken for Durer’s. But I sometimes sense, particularly in pieces like this, a slightly sweeter regard for whatever he rendered. But, like Durer, what patience – quill by quill!

  2. Lovely work! I like your new layout!

  3. More life like than life! Kay Lipton