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 Christian Von Schneidau  (1893 - 1976)

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Lived/Active: California / Sweden      Known for: portrait, figure, landscape

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Five O'clock Tea (A Portrait of Mrs Elwood Riggs)
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Smoland, Sweden on March 24, 1893 of noble birth. Von Schneidau received his early education from private tutors and studied at the Stockholm Academy of Fine Art. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1906 and spent the first ten years as a resident of Minnesota. He continued his art studies at the AIC under Reynolds and Buehr, and in the East under H. M. Walcott, C. W. Hawthorne, and Richard Miller. After settling in Los Angeles in 1917, he operated the Von Schneidau School of Fine Art. Married twice, he was the husband of musician Esther Bergman during 1923-31 and in 1938 married one of his pupils, Signe Larson Nelson. During the 1940s he taught at the Businessmen's Art Institute in Los Angeles and in the 1950s spent two years in Alaska. While there, he painted the Eskimos and portraits of governors Heinzelman and Egan. In his later years he taught portraiture at the Bakersfield Art Ass'n. Known primarily as a portraitist, Von Schneidau was equally skilled at landscapes and murals. He died in Orange, CA on Jan. 6, 1976. Member: LA AA; Beachcombers Club (Provincetown); Laguna Beach AA; Scandinavian-American Art Society (pres. 1938-46). Exh: AIC, 1915 (1st prize), 1916; Minnesota State Fair, 1916 (2nd prize); Swedish Art Club (Chicago), 1917 (1st prize), 1920 (2nd prize); Calif. Art Club, 1918-38; Calif. State, Fair, 1919, 1920 (medals), 1925 (1st prize); Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1920-52; Exposition Park, 1921; Kanst Gallery (LA), 1921; Ebell Club (LA), 1921, 1940; Athletic Club (LA), 1922 (solo); Southwest Museum (LA), 1922 (1st prize); Calif. WC Society, 1923-30; LA Co. Fair, 1924-25; Friday Morning Club (LA), 1929; Academy of Western Painters, 1937; Scandinavian-American Art Society of the West, 1939; GGIE, 1939; LACMA, 1939; SWA, 1947. In: Gardena (CA) High School; Forum Motion Picture House, Southwest Baptist Church, Lutheran Hospital, all in LA; Fleischer Museum (Scottsdale); Swedish Club (Chicago).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); City Directory; American Art Annual 1917-33; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; California Impressionism (Wm. Gerdts & Will South); Who's Who in American Art 1936-76; Who's Who in California 1942; Who's Who on the Pacific Coast 1949; The Californians magazine, October 1988.
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Christian Von Schneidau was known as a skilled mural and landscape painter. He was born in Smoland, Sweden, in 1893. He completed his early art education in Sweden with private tutors and later studied at the Stockholm Academy of Fine Art. Von Schneidau moved to the United States in 1906 where he settled in Minnesota. He stayed in the Mid-West for the next ten years continuing his education at the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, studying under Reynolds and Buehr, and later with Richard Miller and C.W. Hawthorne.

In 1917 he relocated to Los Angeles, California where he opened the Von Schneidau School of Fine Art. During the 1930s he married twice, first to Esther Bergman and then to Signe Larson Nelson. He traveled to Alaska in the 1950s where he painted the portraits of governors Egan and Heinzelman. Later he taught portrait painting at the Bakersfield Art Association.

During his career he exhibited at the California Arts Club (1918) and the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939). He was a member of the California Watercolor Society and the California Painters and Sculptors. Von Schneidau died in 1976 in Orange, California.

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