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.
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
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"
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
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