A striking self-portrait painted out of the ferment of ideas and movements that galvanized twentieth century art around the first World War by a young Dane transplanted to America, finding his way artistically and geographically, responding to the zeitgeist of the world, and the excitement of his new country. Incredibly alive, sensationally painted in the acid tones of the German Expressionists, it stands as a work of great originality and interest. 22w x 25h.
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 Fair, 1930; Stickney Hall (Pasadena), 1932; Foundation of Western Art (LA), 1934, 1941; Academy of Western Painters (LA), 1936-37; Modern Art Gallery (Hollywood), 1936; Calif. WC Society, 1937-55; GGIE, 1939; NY World’s Fair, 1939; Pottinger Gallery (Pasadena), 1940; Padua Hills Theater, 1942; CGA, 1943; Cincinnati Museum, 1945; Santa Paula High School, 1946; NAD, 1946; City Hall (LA), 1951; MM, 1952; San Gabriel Valley, 1953; Pasadena Art Inst., 1955, 1956 (solo); Laguna Beach, 1959 (solo); LA AA, 1962 (solo). In: Lovelock (NV) Post Office (mural); Newport (CA) High School; San Diego Museum; Orange Co. (CA) Museum.