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Karl Yens

 (1868 - 1945)
Karl Julius Heinrich Yens was active/lived in California / Germany.  Karl Yens is known for coastal view, figure, illustration.

Self Portrait with Wife

Biography   Karl Yens


Born in Altona, Germany on Jan. 11, 1868, Karl Yens (né Jens) studied with Max Koch in Berlin and with Benjamin Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens in Paris.  He was active as a muralist in Germany and Edinburgh, Scotland before coming to the U.S. in 1901.

During the first decade in his adopted country he fulfilled mural commissions in NYC and Washington, DC.  After settling in southern California in 1910, he was active in Los Angeles and Pasadena before moving to Laguna Beach in 1918.  His studio still stands there on South Coast Highway near Ruby Street.  Yens died there on April 13, 1945.

A versatile painter, his oeuvre includes portraits, still lifes, landscapes, genre subjects, and many s

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); American Art Annual 1903-33; Who's Who in American Art 1936-41; Who's Who in California 1942; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); California Impressionism (Wm. Gerdts & Will South); So. Calif. Artists 1890-1940; South Coast News, 4-17-1945 (obituary).

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