In 1922 Hoffman met the renowned Polish pianist and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) while visiting Switzerland. Paderewski, also a statesman, was attending sessions at the League of Nations in Geneva; there Hoffman studied his features and began to prepare a portrait bust of him. Later, in New York, Hoffman created a portrait Paderewski the Statesman (1922; Steinway Hall, New York) and a bust that represented his artistic persona. Upon seeing it in Hoffman’s studio, Paderewski approvingly called it "a portrait of my inner self lost in my music."
Marking: Foundry mark (back of support): ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N–Y–
the artist, New York (1923–40; sold to MMA)
71st Regiment Armory, New York. "23rd Annual Women's International Exposition of Arts and Industries," November 4–11, 1946, no catalogue.
North Salem, New York. Hammond Museum. "Women in Art: Creative Talents of the Past and Present," November 9–December 22, 1974, no catalogue.
Malvina Hoffman. Heads and Tales. New York, 1936, pp. 70–71, ill. (collection American Academy, Rome).
P[reston]. R[emington]. "A Portrait Bust of Paderewski." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 35 (October 1940), p. 206, ill.
Albert TenEyck Gardner. American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1965, pp. 158–59, ill.
Malvina Hoffman. Yesterday is Tomorrow: A Personal History. New York, 1965, pp. 208–9, 375, ill. p. 207 (unknown cast), lists it as 1922.
Joan M. Marter inAmerican Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, pp. 739–40, no. 369, ill.
Janis Conner. "The Ethereal Icon: Malvina Hoffman's Worshipful Imagery of Anna Pavlova." Perspectives on American Sculpture before 1925. Ed. Thayer Tolles. New York, 2003, pp. 130–31, fig. 105.