1893 - 1976
figurative art, landscapes, genre scenes
Media Oils, murals,
Artistic Focus Though
he was equally skilled at landscapes, murals and genre paintings, Christian
Von Schneidau justifiably is known primarily as a portraitist. Described
by one critic as a painter of “extraordinary verve and vivacity
– a man who seems born to brilliant technical expression,” these
qualities were most fully realized in his strikingly rich and insightful
depictions of women and men. At once intimate and dignified, these images
go beyond their literal subjects to speak to us of their milieu – recapturing
another time, another place and another way of life.
Career Highlights –
• Born into nobility in Sweden in 1893, Christian
Von Schneidau was educated by private tutors and later studied at the
Stockholm Academy of Fine Art.
• Upon immigrating to the United States in 1906, Von Schneidau settled
in Minnesota and studied at various art institutions in the East and
Midwest, including the Art Institute of Chicago. By 1915 Von Schneidau
was exhibiting in Chicago, winning First Prizes at the Art Institute
and the Swedish Art Club.
• Von Schneidau moved to Los Angeles in 1917, where he founded an art
school, worked as a staff artist for Twentieth Century-Fox Studios, and
also executed public murals.
• In 1920 he traveled to Massachusetts to study with Richard Miller,
and upon return had solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles Athletic Club
and Franklin Galleries in Hollywood.
• During the 1920s and 1930s Von Schneidau was a popular portraitist
in Los Angeles society, and exhibited throughout the City at the California
Art Club, the California Water Color Society, Painters and Sculptors
of Los Angeles, Exposition Park, Kanst Gallery, Ebell Club, and the Friday
Morning Club, as well as taking First Prizes at the California State
Fair and the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles.
• Von Schneidau was president of Los Angeles' Scandinavian-American Art
Society from 1938 to 1946. In 1939 he exhibited at the Golden Gate International
Exposition in San Francisco and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
• During the 1940s Von Schneidau taught at the Businessmen's Art Institute
in Los Angeles and during the 1950s he spent two years painting in Alaska.
• In his later years Von Schneidau taught portraiture at the Bakersfield
Art Association. He passed away in Orange, California, in 1976.
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references are available upon request.
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