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Armin Carl Hansen
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San Francisco, CA
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Monterey, CA
Painter, etcher, teacher. Hansen received his first art instruction from his father, Herman, the famous painter of the old West and frontier life. The younger Hansen later studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews (1903-06) followed by two years in Stuttgart, Germany at the Royal Academy under Carlos Grethe. After visiting the art centers of Paris, Munich, Holland, and Belgium, he signed-on as deckhand to a Norwegian steam trawler, the first of many boats which he would crew during the next four years. Upon returning to SF in 1912, he taught at UC Berkeley and the CSFA. Settling in Monterey in 1913, he taught private classes and was instrumental in forming the Carmel Art Institute. Hansen maintained a studio-home at 716 Pacific Street until building a home next door to artist Julian Greenwell on El Dorado Street. He lived there until his death on April 23, 1957. His etchings and paintings of marines, coastal scenes, and the fishing industry of the Monterey Peninsula have brought him to the pinnacle of fame in American art. (Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786-1940," 1989.)