Jean Mannheim

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Jean Mannheim (German-American, 1863-1945) was born in Bad Kreuznach on the Nahe, Germany on Nov. 18, 1863. After being drafted into the German army, Mannheim deserted and fled to France where he studied art at Ecole Delecluse, Académie Colarossi, and with DeLancey and Bouguereau. Having learned book binding early in life, he used this trade to support himself while studying art in Paris.

Upon immigrating to Illinois in 1884, he painted portraits in Chicago and taught in a Decatur art school. About 1903 he accepted a position at Frank Brangwyn's school in London and stayed for two years. Returning to the U.S., he taught at the Denver Art School until 1908. He then made his final move to Pasadena and built a home in the Arroyo Seco. Mannheim maintained a studio in the Blanchard Building in Los Angeles where he exhibited and taught, and in 1913 founded the Stickney Memorial School of Fine Arts in Pasadena. His figure studies and landscapes prior to 1915 were tighter and done with a restricted palette; whereas, his palette then lightened and he adopted the loose brushwork of Impressionism. He died in Pasadena on Sept. 6, 1945.

Memberships: Laguna Beach AA; Long Beach AA.


Paris Salon, 1897
Blanchard Gallery (LA), 1909
Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (gold medal)
Calif. Art Club, 1911-31
Kanst Gallery (LA), 1912, 1918
Pasadena Art Inst., 1913, 1926, 1928
Throop College (Pasadena), 1914
Woman’s Clubhouse (Hollywood), 1914
Friday Morning Club (LA), 1914, 1940
Panama-Calif. Expo (San Diego), 1915 (gold & silver medals)
LACMA, 1915, 1917, 1922
Pasadena Society of Artists, 1917-37
Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1922-24
Arizona State Fair, 1923 (1st prize)
Southby Salon (LA), 1925
Painters of the West (LA), 1925-27
Biltmore Salon (LA), 1926
Ebell Club (LA), 1926, 1935, 1936, 1938
Sierra Madre City Hall, 1930
Gardena High School, 1934
Foundation of Western Art (LA), 1935-42
Academy of Western Painters (LA), 1935
Webb Gallery (LA), 1938
GGIE, 1939.

Collections: Orange County (CA) Museum; Long Beach Museum; Denver Museum; Irvine (CA) Museum.

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