Oil on canvas, 47" x 27.25" with original period frame in excellent condition, 35.5" x 15.5" unframed (THIS PIECE APPEARS IN THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY FOR THE ARTIST)
Jean Mannheim has become so popular among serious collectors of turn-of-the-century art that he almost needs no introduction. Mr. Mannheim was born in Germany in 1863 but fled to Paris after being drafted into the German Army. While in Paris, Mannheim supported himself and his art studies at the Ecole Delecluse Academie Colarossi. He studied with Delancey and the famous Bouguereau. During this time, he painted primarily figurative and made money from his trade as a book binder. In 1890, Mannheim immigrated to the United States, settling in Chicago, where he painted portraits and taught at the Decatur Art School. He also taught in London as well as Denver. Mannheim eventually moved to Passadena in 1908, building a home on the rim of the Arroy Seco. In 1913, he founded the Stickney Memorial School of Fine Arts in Passadena. Mr. Mannheim's art has become hughly popular and there has been a recent surge in interest. This is an extensively listed artist whose name can be found in myriad books and publications, including art history books. His art can be found in many museums around the nation, including not only the Museum of Art at Brigham-Young University, but also in the National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. This piece is not just any Jean Mannheim piece but is an exquisite figurative which hung in the Denver Museum of Art in 1917, as documented by the sticker in the back of the painting. Still in the original period frame, this Mannheim is a masterpiece and a very rare find.