Armin Hansen (1886-1957)
Armin Carl Hansen was born in San Francisco in 1886. His father was the famous western frontier painter Herman Wendelborg Hansen, from whom Armin received his first art training. This was followed by more formal study at the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco, and then, eschewing the more traditional study in Paris, Hansen opted for further instruction in Munich where he adopted the more Germanic, somber and expressive palette.
Having spent six years abroad, Armin Hansen returned to the San Francisco in 1912, accepting teaching posts at U.C. Berkeley and the California School of Fine Arts. In 1916, with his 2 Silver Medals from the previous year’s Panama Pacific International Exposition, Hansen moved to Monterey, California, where he found the excitement and action of the active canneries and fishing village inspiring. His works could convey both the heroic and the human elements of the often dangerous life on the Monterey Bay.
Exhibiting on the west coast as well as in New York, Armin Hansen was elected a full-member of the National Academy of Design in 1948.