Danish-born California artist Ejnar Hansen was a penetrating portraitist as this large and commanding oil shows. The board the canvas is mounted on was the lower half an abandoned full length portrait, adding a gorgeous pentimento. The sitter’s grave and melancholy beauty makes its own separate case. A really superb and arresting work.
Acquired from the Hansen estate. Accompanied with identifying data tag from the artist.
Frame 30 3/4″ x 37 3/4″ canvas glued on board 28 1/2″ x 35 1/2″.
Biography Ejnar Hansen
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on Jan. 9, 1884, Hansen attended the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. He arrived in the U.S. in 1914 and lived in Michigan and Wheaton, IL before settling in Pasadena in 1924. He taught at Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes, Pomona College, John Muir College, and the Pasadena School of Fine Arts. Hansen died in Pasadena on Sept. 26, 1965. His oeuvre includes still lifes, landscapes, portraits, and figure compositions in oil and watercolor. His works won many awards in southern California exhibitions from 1927.
Member: LA AA; Pasadena Society of Artists.
Exh: AIC, 1918, 1945, 1946; LACMA, 1927 (1st prize), 1941, 1954; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1928; Calif. State