German/American/California (1868-1945)


Karl Julius Yens, The Famous Yenish Park, 1931, Oil on Canvas, Provenance, Laguna Art Museum




Signed l.r. - Karl Yens

Oil on board

The verso with two stickers:

one "Historical Collection of the Laguna Beach Museum of Art...... with catalog #84.17";

another in German;

and a penned inscription:

"The Famous Jensich Park, near Flottbek 6/Blankenese o/Elbe, Germany"

Karl Yens, Laguna Beach Calif. 1931"

 Housed in what appears to be the original Arts & Crafts frame


Note: Jenisch Park is the in Hamburg district, and home to the neoclassical Jenisch-Haus, a country residence

 with rooms reflecting the taste of the prosperous classes, in styles ranging from Louis XVI to Art Nouveau; and to the

Ernst-Barlach-Haus, a museum housing sculpture, drawings, and printed graphic art. 


Provenance: Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach CA


Museums: 7, Bowers Memorial Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oakland

Museum of California, San Diego Museum of Art, Springville Museum of Art,

The Irvine Museum, The John H. Vanderpoel Art Association


Books: 26, including Laguna Beach Museum, Southern California Artists, 1890-1940,

 Laguna Art Museum; 75 Works, 75 Years, Collecting the Art of California; Spanierman Gallery,

 American Works on Paper III; Gerdts, William/Will, South, California Impressionism


Image size: 10 x 14 inches


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Karl Yens, California Impressionist, Jenish Park, 1931, Provenance Laguna Art Museum





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Karl Julius Heinrich Yens  (1868 - 1945)


Birth place: Altona, Germany


Addresses: Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA, 1910-18; Laguna Beach, CA, from 1918


Profession: Muralist, painter, etcher, teacher


Studied: M. Koch, in Berlin; Academy Julian, Paris, with J.P. Laurens & Constant, 1900


Exhibited:  Boston Arts Club, 1903; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Ann., 1904; Pan-California

 International Expo, San Diego, 1915 (medal); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1918,

1922, 1929; California Art Club, 1919 (prize); Laguna Beach Art Association, 1921 (prize), 1922 (prize),

1924 (medal), 1925 (prize), 1927 (prize), 1935 (prize); California Water Color Society,

1922 (prize); Southern California Fair, Riverside, 1922 (prize), 1928 (prize); Southwest Museum,

 1922 (prize); Los Angeles Painters & Sculptors, 1923 (prize), 1928 (medal); Arizona State Fair,

Phoenix, 1923 (prize), 1927 (prize), 1928 (prize); San Francisco Art Association, 1925; Orange

County (CA) Fair, 1923 (prize), 1925 (prize), 1927 (prize); Los Angeles County Fair, 1924 (prize),

 1928 (prize); Artists Southern California, San Diego, 1926 (prize); Biltmore Salon, Los Angeles,

1926 (medal); International Bookplate Association, 1927 (prize); Sacramento State Fair, 1927 (prize),

1934 (prize); Fine Art Gallery; San Diego, 1928 (prize); Pacific Southwest Expo, Long Beach, 1928

 (gold); Second Annual Statewide Art Exhibition, Santa Cruz, 1929 (prize); Annual Exhibition,

 Springville, UT, 1931 (prize); Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; California State Fair, Sacramento, 1935 (prize);

Laguna Beach Art Association, 1935 (prize); Aeronautical Art Exhibition, T.W.A., 1937 (prize); 

Golden Gate Exposition, 1939;

Art Institute of Chicago.


Recent Exhibition: Laguna Art Museum, Part I, The Beginning, 1832-1925, Feb-June2007


Member: Laguna Beach Art Association; Association of American Painters and Sculptors;

Los Angeles Art Association (honorary life); Academy West Painters; California Art Club;

California Watercolor Club; Long Beach Art Association; San Diego Fine Art Society; International

Bookplate Association.; Scandinavian-American Artists Society of West; Modern Art Society (co-founder);

Teachers Association; California  Society of Miniature Painters; San Diego Fine Art Society


Work: City Hall, Altona, Germany; Country Club House, Brookline, MA; Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh;

Astor Theatre, NYC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; California State Expo Building, Los Angeles;

 University of California, Los Angeles; Clearwater High School.; Laguna Beach High School.; Fine

Art Gallery, San Diego, San Pedro High School; U.S.S. California; John H. Vanderpoel Art

Association, Chicago; Bowers Memorial Museum, Santa Ana


Comments: Was a muralist in Germany and Scotland before coming to U.S. in 1901 and executing

mural commissions in NYC and Wash., DC. Settled in Southern Calif. in 1910, where he painted

portraits, landscapes, genre scenes, and figurative works for the next thirty-five years.

 He was also known as Karl Jens.


Sources: WW40; WW06; Hughes, Artists in California, 625.


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


Museums: 7


Bowers Memorial Museum

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Oakland Museum of California

San Diego Museum of Art

Springville Museum of Art

The Irvine Museum

The John H. Vanderpoel Art Association


Books: 26


AskART.com Inc., Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson, The Artists Bluebook

Davenport, Ray Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition 

Hughes, Edan Milton, Artists in California: 1786-1940

McClelland, Gordon; Jay Last, California Watercolors 1850-1970, An Illustrated History & Biographical

Falk, Peter Hastings, Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975

Gerdts, William/Will South, California Impressionism 

Southwest Art, The Red Book, Western American Price Index

Laguna Art Museum, 75 Works, 75 Years, Collecting the Art of California

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

Gerdts, William H, Art Across America (West)

Falk, Peter Hastings, The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago 

Falk, Peter Hastings, Annual Exhibition Record, National Academy of Design1901-1950

Falk, Peter Hastings, Annual Exhibition Record, 1876-1913, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Spanierman Gallery, American Works on Paper III 

Hughes, Edan Milton, Artists in California, 1786-1940 

Opitz, Glenn B, Mantle Fielding's Dictionary, American Painters, Sculptors, Engravers

Dawdy, Doris, Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary

McClelland, Gordon/Jay Last, The California Style Watercolor Artists 1925-1955

Falk, Peter Hastings, Who Was Who in American Art, Artists Active 1898-1947

Orr-Cahill, Christina, The Art of California, Selected Works/ Oakland Museum

Moure, Nancy Dustin Wall, Southern California Art, Publication 3, Dictionary

Opitz, Glenn, Dictionary of American Artists 

Laguna Beach Museum, Southern California Artists, 1890-1940

Springville Museum of Art, Permanent Collection Catalog, Springville Museum of Art

Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge. Index of Artists, International Biographical

Klug, William L, Annual Exhibition of the John H Vanderpoel Art Association



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Karl Yens, German / American / California, The Famous Jenisch Park, 1931, Provenance Laguna Art Museum