One of Us - Ejnar Hansen

Ejnar Hansen, 1944

Ejnar Hansen (1884 - 1965) was a notable figure painter in Southern California during the years between the wars. He began his career in Copenhagen, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts while supporting himself as a painting contractor. This double career in the commercial and fine arts continued until the 1940s. In Denmark he was a member of the secessionist group De Tretten (The Thirteen), which advocated modernist art. After immigrating to the United States in 1914, he settled in the Midwest, exhibiting and winning awards for his portraits at the annual exhibitions of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1925 he moved to California and the following year settled in Pasadena. In the late 1930s he began supporting himself by teaching, first at Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, then at Pomona College, Claremont, and John Muir College, Los Angeles. He was also active in the California Water Color Society, serving as its vice-president and president in the late 1930s. He received numerous commissions.

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