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Christian von Schneidau
(1893-1976)


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"Mountains in Norway"
Oil on canvas
16 x 21 inches







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Christian Von Schneidau was a painter and muralist born in Smoland, Sweden on March 24, 1893 of noble birth. Von Schneidau received his early education form private tutors and studied at the Stockholm Academy of Fine Art. He immigrated to the United States in 1906 and spent the first ten years as a resident of Minnesota. He continued his art studies at the Art Institute of Chicago under Reynolds and Buehr, and in the East under H.M. Walcott, C.W. Hawthorne, and Richard Miller. After settling in Los Angeles in 1917, he operated the Von Schneidau School of Fine Art. Married twice, he was the husband of musician Esther Bergman during 1923-31 and in 1938 married one of his pupils, Signe Larson Nelson. During the 1940s he taught at the Businessmanís Art Institute in Los Angeles and in the 1950s spent two years in Alaska. While there, he painted the Eskimos and portraits of governors Heinzelman and Egan. In his later years he taught portraiture at the Bakersfield Art Association. Known primarily as a portraitist, Von Schneidau was equally skilled at landscapes and murals. He died in Orange, California on January 6, 1976.

Member: Swedish Art Club, Chicago; California Art Club; Laguna Beach Art Association; Beachcombers Club, Provincetown, California; Painters & Sculptors; California Watercolor Society; Los Angeles Art Association; Scandinavian-American Art Society (Pres. 1938-1946).

Exhibited; California Art Club, 1918; Golden Gate International Expo, 1939; nationally. Awards: first prize, Art Institute of Chicago, 1915, traveling scholarship, 1916; second prize, Minnesota State Fair, 1916; first prize, Swedish Club, Chicago, 1917, second prize, 1920; medals, California State Fair, 1919, 1920; first prize, Southwest Museum, 1922; first prize, California State Fair, 1925; honorable mention, Exposition Park, 1921; honorable mention, Pomona Fair, 1925; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1939; Society of Western Artists, 1947; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1945-1952.

Works Held: Gardena High School; Forum Motion Picture House, Southwest Baptist Church, California Lutheran Hospital, all in Los Angeles; Swedish Club, Chicago; numerous theaters, churches, hotels, and public buildings throughout the United States.

Source:
C. Von Schneidau, Petersen Publishing Co., Los Angeles; AAA 1917-33; WWAA 1936-76; WWC 1942; WWPC 1949; SCA.