A classical artist trained in the French academies
Jean Mannheim (1863-1945)
Born in Kreuznach on the Nahe in 1863, Jean was
drafted as a young man by the Prussian Army under Bismarck. Following
his artistic inclination, he deserted and fled to France, which,
following its defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, welcomed
such refugees from the Kaiser's military.
Jean studied art at two of the private "academies": Ecole
Delecluse and Academie Colarossi and with two eminent "salon"
artists: DeLancey and (particularly noteworthy) Bouguereau. Having
learned the bookbinding trade as a youth in Germany, he supported
himself in that fashion while studying in Paris.
In the mid 1880s he decided to go to America and ended up in Illinois,
where he painted portraits in Chicage and taught at the art school
in Decatur. Shortly after 1900 he accepted a position at Frank Brangwyn's
art school in London, remaining for two years.
Returning to the US, he taught at the Denver Art
School for several years and, in 1908, made a final move to Pasadena,
where he built a home in the Arroyo Seco. He maintained a studio
in the Blanchard Building in Los Angeles where he exhibited and
taught. In 1913 he founded the Stickney Memorial School of Fine
Arts in Pasadena.
His early work (both in Paris and during his first
residence in the US) consisted mainly of figure studies and portraits.
It was not until his final move to the US after 1900 that he began
painting the landscapes and genre subjects for which he subsequently
became nationally known. He died in Pasadena on September 6,1945.
He exhibited internationally, including the Paris Salon and the
National Academy of Design and won numerous medals and awards, including
gold and silver medals at the Panama-California Exhibition of 1915
in San Diego.
We currently have the following works available
by this superlative artist:
"Near La Quinta (Coachella)" on reverse,
o/b, 24" x 20", $7,500
Untitled (Floral still-life with Indian
blanket and basket), o/c/b, 18" x 22", $7,500