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 Ferdinand Kaufmann  (1864 - 1942)

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Lived/Active: California/Pennsylvania / Germany      Known for: landscape, coastal vistas and ship painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Ferdinand Kaufmann
1864 (Oberhausen, Germany)
1942 (Los Angeles, California)

California/Pennsylvania / Germany

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landscape, coastal vistas and ship painting

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The following is from Linda Chase:

My husband Jim recently found my great grandfather (Ferdinand Kaufmann) on your web site.  I have 9 pictures of his hanging in my home that my Mother gave me.  She has 3 in her home.  My great grandfather adored my mother, and often took her with him to watch him paint his landscapes.   His daughter Yvonne, is my mother's mother.  I understand that he had a son that died.  My mother told me he was a Baron from Bavaria, came to the US, and lost his money in the stock market. 

He did paintings for a living, and my mother told me that he had people paying him $250 to paint a painting-this before he had even painted any of it!   My mother's mother gave away many of his paintings as gifts, and I always wondered where some of them are now.

Pasadena Art Institute, 1928, 1929
Laguna Beach Gallery, 1930
Academy of Western Painters, 1936

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A landscape and marine painter, Ferdinand Kaufmann was born in Germany and studied in Paris with Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant.  Prior to settling in Southern California in 1921, he lived in Pittsburgh where he was a member of the Pittsburgh Art Association.  In 1934, he became a resident of Pasadena and exhibited with the Pasadena Art Institute, and in 1939 of Laguna Beach where he was active in the Art Association.

He died in 1942 in Los Angeles County

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Beverly Hills:
Ferdinand Kaufman was born in Germany in 1864, and studied art in Paris. Among his teachers was Edouard Manet.  Kaufman left Europe to settle in Southern California in 1921, where he actively exhibited in Pasadena and Laguna Beach, two of the cities in which he lived.  An Impressionist, he's remembered for his California landscapes and marine paintings.

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