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 Gustave (Gustav) Adolph Magnussen  (1868 - 1944)

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Lived/Active: California / Germany      Known for: impressionist landscape painting, portraits, miniatures

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Born in Indiana on Feb. 24, 1868 of Danish parents, Gustav Magnussen studied art in Europe.  He was a resident of San Francisco in 1900 and about 1902 settled in Los Angeles.

During the 1930s he had a studio on Balboa Island in Newport Harbor.

He died in Balboa, California on Sept. 23, 1944.  His rare works include landscapes, portraits, and miniatures.

Exhibition: 
California State Fair, 1930
Laguna Beach Art Association
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Death record.
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Biography from Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery:
Gustav (not Gustave) Adolph Magnussen was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany, near the border with Denmark.  He traveled and hiked throughout Europe as a young man.  His art training was in the old German classical style at the University of Heidelberg.

He came to the United States and became of resident of San Francisco in 1900, moving soon afterward to Los Angeles.  He was closely associated with Emil Kosa, Sr., William Wendt, and Henry Leopold Richter and his wife. 

He lived in various places including Annondale and Newport Beach, and married Lura Bisant (listed as Laura Bisant in Hughes and Davenports), also an artist.  During the 1930's, he had a gallery on the Balboa Boardwalk. 

In addition to his bright California Impressionist paintings, his works included large scale historical depictions in the classical German style such as a monumental depiction of Cleopatra on the rug in front of Julius Caesar, and he also did Western historical paintings sometimes featuring Native Americans.

He was a member of the Laguna Beach Artists Association.

Sources:
The artist’s grandson Gustav Arthur Hopkins, and Lura Bisant relatives.

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