Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage

Armin Hansen, renowned for his paintings of fisher folk and the sea, sought to capture the raw power and vitality of the Pacific Ocean and those who sailed it. While his style is often described as impressionist, Hansen rejected Impressionism’s gentility by exercising a bolder palette and more rugged strokes that focus on humanity’s relationship with nature. This survey, the largest and most comprehensive ever assembled, includes close to 100 works, including paintings on view to the public for the first time, as well as rare examples of his hand-carved furniture and boat models. After pursuing formal training in painting in San Francisco and Europe, Hansen spent four years in Niewpoort, Belgium, where he painted marines, village views, and fishing scenes, all the while working as a crew-member on North Sea trawlers. This personal experience sparked his lifelong fascination with the sea and its people. Hansen first visited Monterey in 1913 and soon started painting the area’s growing fishing community and fleet. In the West, he became the first to realize the potential beauty of commercial fishing, and he chose the theme in large part because he knew it well from firsthand experience. His vibrant, blustery scenes of the sea communicate broadly the impact of hardship and physical labor and the importance of bravery.

Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art and curated by Scott A. Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. It will travel to the Crocker Art Museum from June 28–October 11, 2015 and then to the Monterey Museum of Art from October 29, 2015 to March 7, 2016.

Funding for the exhibition has been provided by Presenting Sponsors Christine and Reed Halladay, Saundra and Lee Minshull, and Donna and Mark Salzberg. Underwriting Support provided by Simon Chiu, Kelvin Davis, Jeff Dutra, and Barbara Alexander and Thomas Stiles, II. Additional support provided by Bagley Family Trust, Yvonne Boseker, John and Patty Dilks, Whitney Ganz, Karyl Hansen and David Earl Larson, Jim Parks, Gerard Vuilleumier, Bonhams Auctioneers, George Stern Fine Arts, Heritage Auctions, Historical Collections Council of California Art, John Moran Auctioneers, Josh Hardy Galleries, and Paula and Terry Trotter, Trotter Galleries.

Media sponsor: American Fine Art Magazine