Armin Hansen (1886-1957)


A California-born artist of the 19th Century and beyond, Armin Carl Hansen holds a special place in American Art, bonding the traditional passion of a maritime art specialist to the broad focus of Impressionism, becoming the foremost artist of the waters of the Monterey Peninsula. Inspired by his father, artist Herman Wendleborg Hansen, he went to Hamburg, Germany and studied in the national Royal Academy, taking to the Impressionistic brushwork just coming to fashion while using the somber and dark palettes of the Germans. While he visited the art centers of Europe, he also signed on to crew aboard a Norwegian trawler and other ships.

Hansen returned home to San Francisco in 1912, and immediately went about establishing a studio to pursue his profession. His father, also in San Francisco, painted primarily Western scenes for publication, and they worked in earnest to submit for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Armin's submitted oil paintings earned him two silver medals and wide recognition. He followed this with a move to Monterey, and began his pursuit of giving back through his inspirational art to the past, present and future mariner's of the world.

Hansen's oft quoted own words say it best: "Every move I have made and everything I have done has always been to go back to the water and to the men who gave it its romance." His success is a celebration of those who worked the Seven Seas; his place of importance in American art is well recorded.Armin Hansen won numerous awards in exhibitions worldwide, was shown in more than nine solo exhibitions including the Smithsonian Institute in 1928 and the De Young Museum of San Francisco in 1932; was made a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1948, and was instrumental in the founding of the Carmel Art Association.

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