German / American (California) 1861-1945


Jean Mannheim, California, Storm Clouds, Oil on Canvas


Signed l.l : 'J. Mannheim'
Oil on Canvasboard

Housed in a 22K giltwood hand-carved frame

Museums (9): Denver Museum; Laguna Beach Museum of Art; Long Beach Museum of Art;

Mobile Museum of Art; Museum of Art at Brigham Young University; National Portrait Gallery; Oakland Museum

 of California; Springville, UT, Museum of Art; The Irvine Museum


Books: (37) including Masters of Light: California Plein-Air Paintings from The Irvine Museum (Stern);

Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery Collection; American Art at the Nineteenth Century Paris Salons (Fink)


Periodicals: (7) including American Art Review (3), Southwest Art (2), California Art Club Newsletter (2)


Image Size: 12” x 15 ½ ”


Jean Mannheim, from the Alsace-Lorraine region in Germany, immigrated to America at the age of 21, and became

 one of Southern California's most versatile and respected painters. He was equally at home with the  figure, and

with plein air landscape painting – his palette continuing to lighten as he moved into impressionism.  Mannheim

was classically trained at the Delecluse Academy, the Colarossi Academy, the Academy Julian in Paris, and the

London School of Art.  He also taught for a short time at the Brangwyn school of Art in London, working with the

great British muralist, Frank Brangwyn.  Mannheim moved to Pasadena in 1908, where he became an integral part

of the Southern California art community. He founded the Stickney Memorial School of Fine Arts in Pasadena,

helped to found the California Art Club.


The presented work is mesmerizing, with its strong diagonals, brushwork and coloration of approaching storm clouds,

beginning to obscure the sun, and producing a rare halo of light. 


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Jean Mannheim, California Impressionist, Storm Clouds, Oil on Canvas 




MANNHEIM, Jean (1863-1945)


Birth place: Kreuznach, Germany

Death place: Pasadena, CA

Addresses: Illinois; Pasadena, CA

Profession: Painter, teacher


Studied: Ecole Delecluse; Colarossi; with DeLancey and Bouguereau; London Sch. Art.


Exhibited: Del Monte Art Gallery; Paris Salon; National Academy of Design; Blanchard Gallery, 1909;

Seattle Exposition, 1909 (gold); San Diego Exposition, 1915, (gold, med.); Los Angeles County Museum of Art,

1915, 1917, 1922; Golden Gate Exposition, 1939


Member: Laguna Beach Art Association; Pasadena, Art Club; Long Beach Art Association; California Art Club


Work: Laguna Museum of Art; Long Beach Museum of Art; Springville, UT, Museum of Art; Denver Museum


Comments: He deserted from the German army as a young man, fleeing to France, where he began his studies

in art. He supported himself in his trade as a bookbinder, and in 1881 came to the U.S. for the first time, visiting

his sister in Chicago. He later taught in Decatur, IL, but went to teach in London, England shortly after the turn

 of the century for two years. Upon his return to the US, he taught in Denver, CO, moving to Pasadena, CA,

 in 1908. Besides his successful career in teaching art, he continued to paint portrait commissions, figures and

landscapes en plein-air until his death. Position: founder, Stickney Memorial School of Fine Arts, Pasadena, CA.

 Teaching: Decatur, IL, art school; Frank Brangwyn's school in London; Denver Art School.


Sources: WW40; Hughes, Artists in California, 355; 300 Years of American Art, 574.

This biography is drawn from the 'Who Was Who in American Art' , the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.


Selected Museum Collections:


Denver Museum

Laguna Beach Museum of Art

Long Beach Museum of Art

Mobile Museum of Art

Museum of Art at Brigham Young University

National Portrait Gallery

Oakland Museum of California

Springville, UT, Museum of Art

The Irvine Museum


Books include :

Stern, Jean, Masters of Light: California Plein-Air Paintings from The Irvine Museum

Stern, Jean; Jeffrey Morseburg, California Art Club: 90th Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

Stern, Jean, Painted Light: California Impressionists from Gardena

Moure, Nancy Dustin Wall, California Art: 450 Years of Painting & Other Media

Gerdts, William/Will South, California Impressionism 

Stern, J/J B Dominik/H L Jones, Selections from the Irvine Museum 

Fink, Lois Marie, American Art at the Nineteenth Century Paris Salons 

Coran, James/W A Nelson-Rees, If Pictures Could Talk: Stories About California Paintings

Stern, Jean, Masterworks of California: Impressionism (Fleischer Museum)

Dominik, Janet Blake, Early Artists in Laguna Beach: The Impressionists

Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery Collection, Illustrated Checklist

Gibson, Dunn & Critcher, A Century of California Landscapes 

Gerdts, William H, Down Garden Paths: The Floral Environment in American Art

Westphal, Ruth, Plein Air Painters of California: The Southland



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