Theme/Style Modernism, Regionalism, portraits, figurative art, still lifes, landscapes
Media Oils, watercolors, prints
Artistic Focus Praised in his time as the best portrait painter in Los Angeles County, Ejnar Hansen produced portraits (including those of many famous individuals) notable for their ability to express an insight into the human character, and a comprehension of the psychology that drove each subject. However, Hansen’s work also encompassed still lifes and figure compositions, as well as landscapes whose relaxed tone seems to reflect the artist’s freedom from the obligation to precisely portray his subject – thereby allowing his love of nature to shine through. In all of his artwork, economy and restraint, coupled with an undeniable empathy and honesty, were Hansen’s hallmarks.
• Ejnar Hansen, born in Copenhagen, attended that city’s Royal Academy of Fine Art.
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