Karl Yens

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Karl Yens (January 11, 1868 – 1945), also Karl Jens was a German-American who was noted for both plein-air paintings of the California impressionist[1] movement as well as Modernism.[2]

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.[3] He emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Laguna Beach, California in 1910.[4] He was a founding member of the California Water Color Society and a member of the Modern Art Society.

List of paintings[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ Genocchio, Benjamin (August 29, 2008). "Impressions of California, Wild and Beautiful". New York Times. p. WE10. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Merrill, Peter C. (1997). German Immigrant Artists in America: A Biographical Dictionary. Scarecrow Press. p. 301. ISBN 0-8108-3266-6. 
  4. ^ Robinson, W. W. (August 26, 1923). "Laguna--Habitat of World-Famed Artists". Los Angeles Times. p. X14. Retrieved 18 November 2012.