Known as a Tonalist landscape artist, Arthur Hoeber would clearly display his regard for the painting style of the French Barbizon School, even writing a well-received book about the group of artists very late in his life.
Arthur Hoeber was born in 1854, and had studied at the Cooper Union School and the Art Students League in New York before travelling to England and France to further his painting studies. Hoeber was an art student of Jean Leon Gerome, one of the most famous historical painters and teachers at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Arthur Hoeber exhibited paintings at the Salons from 1882 to 1885, and painted in the French countryside.
When Arthur Hoeber returned to New York in the 1890s he shortly thereafter settled permanently in Nutley, New Jersey. He specialized in Tonalist landscapes, but also relied on Luminism to give drama and life to his paintings. The artist preferred the tidal pools and wetlands of the coast, and painted scenes from the Cape Cod, Long Island and New Jersey shores. The paintings of Arthur Hoeber have been called "poetic" and "serene" and he is noted for his simple composition and broad settings.
While painting and exhibiting successfully, Arthur Hoeber also wrote art criticism for several major publications including "Harper's Weekly", the New York Times, and New York Globe. He frequently eschewed the avant garde and modernism that was appearing in the art world, especially the works of artist Henri Matisse.
The paintings of Arthur Hoeber were widely exhibited, and are held in several public and private art collections.