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Frederick Monhoff

(1897 - 1975)
A native of New York City, Frederick Monhoff’s family relocated to Los Angeles when he was still a child. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War I and after his discharge studied at the University of California at Berkeley and with the artist Armin Hansen.

He worked in watercolor and oils and produced 44 etchings, including a suite of small New Mexico scenes, one of which is a highly imaginative and dramatic scene of a Penitente ritual at Nambé. Monhoff’s rhythmic line work and modernist contortions bring an agitated energy to these ceremonial scenes.