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 Karl Julius Heinrich Yens  (1868 - 1945)

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Lived/Active: California / Germany      Known for: coastal view, figure, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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 studio figure studies.  Equally facile with oil and watercolor, his work is distinguished by its bold, colorful, and decorative style.

California Teachers Ass'n; American Federation of Art; California Society of Miniature Painters; Academy of Western Painters (LA); Laguna Beach Art Association (cofounder); Long Beach Art Association; San Diego Fine Arts Society; American Artists Professional League.

Panama-California Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1915; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1918, 1922, 1929; California Watercolor Society, 1921-30; San Francisco Art Association, 1925; California Art Club, 1925; Modern Art Workers (LA), 1925; Ebell Club (LA), 1925; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1926; Artland Club (LA), 1927; Arizona State Fair, 1927-28; Pacific Southwest Expo (Long Beach), 1928; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932-33; Whittier Art Gallery, 1934; Santa Cruz Art League, 1934; Los Angeles Art Association, 1935; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.

Awards: dozens of medals and first prizes from 1915.

City Hall (Altona, Germany); Brookline (MA) Country Club House; LACMA; Duquesne Club (Pittsburgh); San Diego Museum; San Pedro High School; Springville (UT) Museum; Orange Co. (CA) Museum; Astor Theatre (NYC).
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).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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Karl Julius Yens (American, 1868-1945)

Karl Yens was born in Altona, Germany in 1868. He studied with the German genre painter Max Koch in Berlin and later with Benjamin Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian in Paris.

After settling in Southern California circa 1890, Yens exhibited and won a medal in the impressive (though little remembered or documented) Pan California International Exposition, held in San Diego's Balboa Park in 1915. He continued to show widely in Southern California: at the California Art Club in 1919, the Laguna Beach Art Association throughout the 1920s, and again in 1935, at the Los Angeles Painters and Sculptors Club in 1922 and 1928, as well as through many other venues.

An illustrator, engraver, fresco, portrait and still life painter, Karl Yens became a member of the American Federation of the Arts and made a notable contribution to Southern California's art community.

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