Karl Eugen Neuhaus (1879-1963)
Known as a California impressionist influenced by tonalism and early modernism, Karl Neuhaus was also an active lecturer and teacher. Karl Neuhaus was born in Barmen (Wuppertal), Germany, in 1879. He apprenticed with a house painter while studying at the Royal Art School in Kassel, graduating in 1899. He proceeded to the Berlin Royal Institute for Applied Arts, where he studied under Otto Eckmann, Max Koch, and Carl Brunner.
Karl Neuhaus moved to San Francisco, California, in 1904, where he established a studio across a hallway from William Keith. While living in San Francisco, he exhibited with the San Francisco Art Association and became a member of the Bohemian Club. After the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906, he relocated to the Monterey Peninsula and lived in Pacific Grove. There he was one of the founders of the Del Monte Art Gallery, which was the first gallery in the United States to exclusively show work by California artists.
Between 1907 and 1909, Karl Neuhaus taught at the San Francisco Institute of Art, and from 1908 to 1949, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley. At the University of California, Berkeley he also served as the first chairman of the Department of Art between 1923 and 1925. During the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, Neuhaus served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the West and was also an exhibitor.
As a California landscapist, he was known for his painted scenes of Mendocino, the Sacramento Valley, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. He contributed to the art community by lecturing all over the state and was also known as a writer. During his career, his work was exhibited at the Oakland Museum in 1981 and the Del Monte Gallery from 1907 to 1914. Karl Neuhaus died in Berkeley, California, in 1963.
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California 1786-1940”
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