Carl Hoeckner

American, 1883 - 1972


In 1883, Carl Hoeckner was born into a long family line of engravers, etchers and lithographers in Munich, Germany. Hoecker studied at art academies in Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Berlin and Brussels. He arrived in the United States in 1910 and worked in Marshall Field’s Department store’s advertising department throughout WWI. During this time, Hoecker pursued fine art and became deeply political. His paintings express his feelings at the horrors of WWI and the rise of Fascism. His work is best described as a synthesis between Social-Realism and Expressionism. He aligned himself with the radical and avant-garde artists of the day, founding a group called the Cor Ardens (Ardent Hearts). In 1929, he became an instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago where he taught industrial design. He also served as the Director of the Graphics Division of the Illinois Art Project of the Work’s Progress Administration. He exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, the Society of Independent Artists, New York, NY, the Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, PA and the National Academy of Design, New York, NY, among others. He died in Hayward, CA in 1972.

  • Hoeckner 7339

    Anno Christi MCMXIIX, Fragment, 1918
    Oil on board
    13 1/4 x 11 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist

    #7339
  • 6003 hoeckner 6003

    Untitled (Helmets and Masks)
    Graphite on paper
    10 3/8 x 7 1/4 inches
    #6003
  • Hoeckner 7348 new copy

    The Homecoming of 1918, 1919
    Oil on panel
    57 x 83 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated C. Hoeckner 1919 lower right; titled on artist's original frame.

    #7348
    SOLD

In 1883, Carl Hoeckner was born into a long family line of engravers, etchers and lithographers in Munich, Germany. Hoecker studied at art academies in Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Berlin and Brussels. He arrived in the United States in 1910 and worked in Marshall Field’s Department store’s advertising department throughout WWI. During this time, Hoecker pursued fine art and became deeply political. His paintings express his feelings at the horrors of WWI and the rise of Fascism. His work is best described as a synthesis between Social-Realism and Expressionism. He aligned himself with the radical and avant-garde artists of the day, founding a group called the Cor Ardens (Ardent Hearts). In 1929, he became an instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago where he taught industrial design. He also served as the Director of the Graphics Division of the Illinois Art Project of the Work’s Progress Administration. He exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, the Society of Independent Artists, New York, NY, the Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, PA and the National Academy of Design, New York, NY, among others. He died in Hayward, CA in 1972.

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