Art: Mine Painter

Irwin Hoffman's brothers are mining engineers. Irwin Hoffman himself is a solid, soft-voiced artist who goes down a mine shaft almost as often as they do. Once there, he sits cramped in a lantern-lighted hole full of the din of drilling, sketches everything he sees. Mining engineers admire his sombre, accurate pictures, in 1936 invited him to join the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. Last week laymen too had their chance to admire, for Artist Hoffman's first show since 1935 opened in Manhattan at the Associated American Artists' Galleries. One admirer: Mining Engineer Herbert Hoover.

Born in Boston in 1901,...

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