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Armin Carl Hansen
(1886-1957)


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Armin Carl Hansen was born in San Francisco, California on October 23, 1886. He received his first art instruction from his father, Herman Hansen (1854-1924), the famous painter of the old west and frontier life. The younger Hansen later studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art under Arthur Matthews (1901-06), followed by two years in Stuttgart, Germany at the Royal Academy under Carlos Grethe. After visiting the centers of Paris, Munich, Holland, and Belgium he signed-on as deckhand to a Norwegian steam trawler, the first of many boats which he would crew during the next four years, during which he painted around one hundred paintings.

Upon returning to San Francisco in 1912, he taught at UC Berkeley and the California School of Fine Arts. Settling in Monterey in 1913, he taught private classes and was instrumental in forming the Carmel Art Institute. Hansen maintained a studio-home at 716 Pacific Street until building a home next door to artist Julian Greenwell on El Dorado Street. He lived there until his death on April 23, 1957.

His etchings and paintings of marines, coastal scenes, and the fishing industry of the Monterey Peninsula have brought him to the pinnacle of fame in American art. He was quoted as saying, "Every move I have made and everything that I have done has always been to go back to the water and to the men that gave it its romance. I love them all."

Member: Associate of the National Academy of Design, 1926; National Academy of Design, 1948; Carmel Art Association (Pres. 1934-37, 1948); San Francisco Art Association; California Society of Etchers; Allied Art Association; Salmagundi Club, New York; Societe Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.

Group Exhibitions: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1914; San Francisco Art Association annuals 1915-25; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Oakland Museum, 1981.

Solo Exhibitions: Helgessen Gallery, San Francisco, 1913, 1916; Oakland Art Gallery, 1917; Print Rooms, San Francisco, 1920; Smithsonian Institute, 1928; deYoung Museum, 1932; Grafton Galleries, San Francisco, 1934; Penthouse Gallery, San Francisco, 1934; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1957; Oakland Museum, 1959; Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, 1982; Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, 1986.

Awards: first prize, International Expo, Brussels, 1910; gold medal, California Printmakers, 1910; silver medal, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915; purchase prize, San Francisco Art Association, 1916, silver medal, 1918, gold medal, 1919; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce prize, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1923; first Hallgarten prize, National Academy of Design, 1920, Ranger Fund Purchase prize, 1925; gold medal, Painters of the West, 1925; gold medal, Paris, 1938; first prize, Chicago Society of Etchers, 1947, and others.

Works Held: Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, National Academy of Design; San Diego Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; deYoung Museum; Oakland Museum; Library of Congress; Newark Museum; New York Public Library; Cleveland Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art.

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.