ALFRED HOCH

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 3, 2002

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Fred Hoch, an artist of Swiss extraction, multilingual, elegant, died early in 1995. These three ink, pencil and gouache drawings, done late in his illness when hope was gone, seem the most personal statements of his sense that art -- the history, the ongoingness of it -- gave his life meaning. The work is submitted in his name by friends and gallery owners, A. Peckham and E. Stoepel.

Guardian Angel pencil/watercolor 12 x 18.5 inches 1994

The "Guardian Angel" hovers over the cottage where Fred Hoch is dying of cancer, where he elegantly adjusted to frugal living as age and ill-health decimated his income. How simply and discreetly he handled being in New York for "just an out-patient procedure!" He left for it looking as smart and as chipper as if he were off to a meeting. Only later did his friends learn it was for one of the most traumatic treatments for his spreading cancer.

Manhattan Moon pencil/watercolor 12 x 18.5 inches 1994

The artist as dancer overcomes the threat symbolized in the beast. He taught his young friend to dance, one time down Fifth Avenue.


O'Hatsu Biltmorbog pencil/watercolor 12 x 18.5 inches 1994