(n/a) Armin Hansen (American, 1886-1957) Salmon trawlers 18 x 24in
Lot 60
(n/a) Armin Hansen
(American, 1886-1957)
Salmon trawlers 18 x 24in
Sold for US$ 97,600 inc. premium

Lot Details
(n/a) Armin Hansen (American, 1886-1957)
Salmon trawlers
signed 'Armin Hansen' (lower left) and signed and titled 'Salmon Trawlers / by / Armin Hansen' (on the reverse)
oil on board
18 x 24in
overall: 24 x 30in

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1988
    Collection of Edward Charles and Doris Bassett, Mill Valley, California

    Armin Hansen was one of the most celebrated and respected West Coast
    marine painters of the twentieth century. Hansen's art instruction came
    first from his father, Herman W. Hansen (1854-1924), the popular Western
    painter. At age 17 Armin enrolled in the Mark Hopkins Institute to
    study under Arthur Matthews. When the San Francisco earthquake hit in
    1906, Hansen left for Europe. Instead of going to Paris where most of
    his contemporaries were studying the latest new styles in art, he
    enrolled in the German Royal Academy, to work under the German
    Impressionists.

    After two years of study and touring, Hansen signed on as a crew member
    of a Norwegian fishing trawler. He worked as a fisherman in the North
    Sea and the North Atlantic for the next four years.

    Returning to San Francisco in 1912, Hansen set up a studio and taught at
    UC Berkeley and the California School of Fine Arts. The next year he
    moved to Monterey where he taught privately and began to specialize in
    painting seascapes, coastal views and, most especially, images of the
    hardworking local fishermen with whom he felt an obvious kinship.
    Hansen submitted two paintings to the Panama-Pacific International
    Exhibition taking place in San Francisco in 1915 and won two silver
    medals in the process.

    Some of Hansen's earlier paintings suggest the influence of tonalism,
    although most of his production is considered post-impressionist, with
    strong colors applied in flat blocks with bold, free brush strokes. He
    often favored a dark palette which probably derived from his instruction
    at the German Royal Academy. 'Salmon Trawlers' is a classic example of
    Hansen's best work. The painting is part abstract, part allegorical.
    The boats seem to be in such perilous waters, seemingly engulfed by a
    powerful, cold sea. The indigo blue water and the quick wispy
    brushstrokes that make up the boats suggest so much drama and power with
    a minimum of detail. John Singer Sargent was the master of this
    technique, taking a simple swath of color to suggest a figure or an
    object with perfect effectiveness.

    Armin Hansen's etchings and paintings have made him an important figure
    in American art. He once said: "Every move I have made and everything
    that I have done has always been to go back to the water and to the men
    who gave its romance. I love them all."
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