Yens was born Karl Julius Heinrich Jens was born in Altona, Hamburg, Germany and trained in art with Max Koch in Berlin and Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens in Paris. He emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Laguna Beach, California in 1910. He was a founding member of the California Water Color Society and a member of the Modern Art Society.
List of paintings
- America The Beautiful (1918)
- Arch Beach Tavern
- Dawn, Laguna Beach (1931)
- First Art Gallery, Laguna (1920)
- Fun With Breakers
- In The Garden
- In Yosemite (1919)
- Diogenes, A.K.A. Mr. Mann - The Useful Citizen (1920)
- Nature's Charm
- Study in White (1924)
- Weaver's Camp, Yosemite (1919)
- Woman on Horseback in Yosemite (1919)
- Yosemite Scene (1919)
- Genocchio, Benjamin (August 29, 2008). "Impressions of California, Wild and Beautiful". New York Times. p. WE10. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- Landauer, Susan; Gerdts, William H.; Trenton, Patricia (November 10, 2003). The Not-So-Still Life: A Century of California Painting and Sculpture. University of California Press. p. 209. ISBN 978-0520239388.
- Merrill, Peter C. (1997). German Immigrant Artists in America: A Biographical Dictionary. Scarecrow Press. p. 301. ISBN 0-8108-3266-6.
- Robinson, W. W. (August 26, 1923). "Laguna--Habitat of World-Famed Artists". Los Angeles Times. p. X14. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
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