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 John Christen Johansen  (1876 - 1964)

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois/Connecticut      Known for: portrait, landscape, genre and interior painting

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John C(hristen) Johansen
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Piazza San Marco, Venice
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter who combined luminist, tonalist, and impressionist styles and specialized in landscapes, portraits, and interior scenes, John Johansen was born in Denmark and when he was one years old, arrived in Chicago with his parents.  He spent his career in the United States in Chicago, New York City and New Canaan, Connecticut the last twenty-nine years of his life.

He studied in Ohio with Frank Duveneck and in Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago with John Vanderpoel and Frederick Warren Freer. He went to Paris around 1898 and studied at the Academie Julian and at James Whistler's Academie Carmen.

Returning to Chicago around 1905 and teaching at the Art Institute, he married M. Jean MacLane, a fellow student and skilled figure painter. They traveled abroad including Venice for two years before settling in New York City, where they each established a studiol

He was active as a landscape painter particularly during his years in Chicago, specializing in Tonal evening scenes. A trip to Venice around 1905 resulted in a group of much-praised works.

Later he became known as a portraitist, and he also created a widely exhibited series of industrial shipyard pictures during World War I. In 1919, he and his wife were commissioned by the National Art Committee to paint portraits of important international figures involved with the war.

Source includes Ruth Pasquine, "John Christen Johansen", Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, 1826-1925

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