From 25 June until 10 July, the Paul Cassirer Galerie in Berlin holds Hofmann—Kokoschka, a joint exhibition featuring paintings by the 30-year-old Hofmann and the 24-year-old Austrian artist, Oskar Kokoschka. Of Hofmann’s 17 exhibited works, eight were still lifes, four were landscapes, and five were interiors. The exhibition was given very brief reviews in the German art journals Der Cicerone and Die Kunst. None of Hofmann’s works were sold, and their location remains unknown.
In the summer, Hofmann registers for permission to paint in the Luxembourg Gardens, close to the apartment that he and Miz rent on Paris’s Left Bank at 74 Rue de Sèvres.
1913 — 1914
Miz and Hofmann leave Paris for a Studienreise (study trip) to Corsica in the summer of 1913, expecting to return to Paris. In a letter to Hofmann of 5 March, Philipp Freudenberg writes, “I find your dream of going to Corsica excellent. […] I wish you a happy journey. After some time, please write from Corsica [and tell me] how you are doing.”
In the early summer, the Hofmanns are in Herrsching, a small lake-side town popular with summer tourists, located 25 miles southwest of Munich. They are unable to return to Paris after Germany declares war on Russia on 1 August, and they move back to Munich. All of their possessions—including Hofmann’s paintings—remain in their Paris apartment, which they had rented to artist Rudolf Levy.
Attempting to locate the possessions that he and Miz left in Paris, Hofmann writes letters of inquiry to his former landlord, but none of their belongings are recovered. Hofmann would continue to pursue compensation for the next decade.
Hofmann opens the eponymous Schule für Bildende Kunst (School of Fine Art) at 40 Georgenstraße. In the summer, he applies for and receives Ausgemustert (discharge) papers from the German army, and avoids military service during World War I.
In Murnau, a Bavarian town located in southern Germany, Hofmann holds a summer session for the School of Fine Art. He will continue to hold summer sessions outside of Munich for the next decade. The first three sessions are in Germany: 1920 in Herrsching; 1921 in Seefeld; and 1922 in Hechendorf. The next seven years of summer sessions are in international locations: 1923 in Gmund, Austria; 1924 in Ragusa (now Dubrovnik); 1925, 1926, and 1927 in Capri, Italy; and 1928 and 1929 in St. Tropez, France.