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Fridolin Herman Albert Haass

 (1886 - 1959)
Fridolin Herman Albert Haass was active/lived in New York, California / Germany.  Fridolin Haass is known for watercolor landscape painting.

Fridolin Herman Albert Haass

Biography from the Archives of askART

“Fridolin Haass was born in Germany in 1887.  As a youth he studied lithography and learned the craft, but his lifetime ambition was to be an artist.  Coming to the United States early in the century he became a commercial artist in New York City and engaged in this for forty years. 

Upon retiring in 1943 he came to California to make his home and to devote himself to the fine arts.  He painted land and seascapes, but his particular love was the historical architecture of early California.  He devoted several years to his Mission series alone.  He was commissioned to paint in oil the Santa Barbara Mission, which now hangs in the office of the Governor at Sacramento.  Also, his collection of exquisitely detailed watercolors of the old adobes of Santa Barbara are owned by the Plans and Planning Committee of the Community Arts Assn. of that city, and have been exhibited there. 

His work was widely recognized up and down the Coast as well as in Laguna Beach where he was living and had his studio at the time of his recent death.” (from September 1959 LBAA cat.)

Source: Nancy Dustin Moure, "Publications in California Art No. 11 , Index to California Art Exhibited at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1972; 2015 edition"

Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Germany on March 6, 1886.  While a resident of NYC in the 1920s, Haass made trips to California.  A view of the Santa Barbara Mission is extant.

He died in Orange, California on January 3, 1959.

The following additional information was submitted by Niels Reimers in July of 2006:

Fridolin Haass lived in Carmel, California in at least the forties.  My parents ran the Carmel Inn, a very modest inn of about 20 rooms, where Mr. Haass stayed for a period.  He paid, at least in part, for his room with 2 watercolor paintings.  One was painted from his room at the Inn, of our cottage home (now a restaurant).  The other is from behind the 13th green of the  Pebble Beach golf course, toward the ocean and Point Lobos.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1925; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).

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About  Fridolin Herman Albert Haass

Born:  1886 - Germany
Died:   1959 - Orange, California
Known for:  watercolor landscape painting