FRANZ HOFSTOTTER – SYMBOLIST PORTRAIT, CIRCA 1900 SYMBOLIST PORTRAIT, CIRCA 1900 Oil on canvas Signed F. HOFSTOTTER 60 x 50 cm. Of all the artists and designers who collaborated with Loetz, the one best known to collectors of Bohemian glass is surely Franz Hofstoetter, the designer of most of the wonderful vases which gained Loetz a Grand Prix at the 1900 art nouveau Paris Exposition and propelled the company into the forefront of European glass manufacturers, spoken of in the same breath as Murano in Italy, Gallé in France or Tiffany in the USA. Frank Josef Hofstoetter was born in Munich on September 1, 1871, in what was then the Kingdom of Bavaria. He attended school in Munich, and then studied painting and sculpture at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1893. For the next three years he traveled in Europe.