Sonnige Tage – Sunny Days 1897

color lithograph on thick imperial Japan paper; sheet: 322 x 501 mm (12 ¾ x 19 ¾ inches)

signed in pencil at lower left

Söhn 52804–1

One of 37 copies on Japan paper, with the journal’s dry stamp. The standard edition of the lithograph was published in vol. III, no. 4, Berlin 1898, between pages 204 and 205.

Ludwig von Hofmann was one of the most important German Symbolist and Jugendstil artists. Between 1894 and 1900 he lived mainly in Rome. He was appointed professor at the Großherzoglich-Sächsische Kunstschule in Weimar in 1903 and at the academy in Dresden in 1916. He most commonly depicted nude or semi-nude figures set in ideal landscapes suggesting a Hellenistic serenity. This is evident in this illustration for Pan showing a colorful spring landscape with a semi-clad woman at the center recalling an antique statuary figure.