Tree of Life Painting, Armin HansenPhoto: Charles Swaney
The scene is of a large spreading tree, probably a coastal pine in a fanciful setting with mountains in the background, a giraffe on the left side, and a woman sitting under the tree, a man behind and to her right. This is one of several paintings in the City Council chambers, though there is no clear documentation as to the source of the other works. It is signed Armin Hansen 36. Armin Hansen is a well-known painter of California coastal scenes who lived in Monterey from 1913 until his death in 1957. He was instrumental in forming the Carmel Art Institute.
Verbal assent by Librarian in the Historical collection, Carmel Library that it was a WPA project.
“WPA Art Project worth $1,000,000”, Monterrey newspaper in historical file, Carmel Library.
Project originally submitted by Charles Swaney on July 2, 2018.
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