Armin Hansen

Sea View

watercolor on paper
13 x 19 inches
26 x 31.75 inches framed
signed lower left

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Rather than take the well trod and fashionable path to Paris for formal training in the arts, Armin Hansen chose to follow his family roots in Hamburg, Germany. While at the Royal Akademie in Stuttgart, Hansen studied under Carlos Grethe, an important member of the Sezessionist Movement. There he learned to paint from the German Impressionists and developed a style that relied on a dark and more somber palate.

In 1912, after six years abroad, Hansen felt it was time to take his skills back to the states. He returned to his birthplace of San Francisco, where his father, Herman Hansen – the western painter and illustrator – was still living. He immediately set up a studio and joined the excitement of the upcoming Panama-Pacific International Exhibition. Scheduled to open in February of 1915 Hansen set to work preparing paintings for submission. At the time of the opening he had six etchings and two paintings submitted. His hard work was rewarded with two silver medals for his paintings. 

In 1916, Hansen moved his studio south to Monterey. There he painted some of his most memorable and highly sought pieces. Scenes of the sardine industry with Portuguese and Sicilian fisherman going about their trade were some of his favorite subjects. His paintings from Monterey found their way into galleries up and down the coast and, on occasion, in New York. In 1948 he was given full membership into the National Academy of Design.

Public collections: Monterey Museum of Art, De Young Museum, Frederick R Weisman Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Monterey State Historic Park, Oakland Museum of California, Saint Joseph College Art Gallery, San Diego Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Irvine Museum, The University of Michigan Museum of Art.

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