Jean Mannheim (1861-1945): Cultivating Colour and Versatility in California by Elaine Adams, California Art Club Newsletter, Fall 2011
The early twentieth century was an incredibly dynamic period for California and in particular, for southern California and Los Angeles. The allure of a mild climate, the beauty of the Golden State, and the search for new opportunities led to an influx of innovative artists, many already well-established and respected in the East and Midwest. Inspired by their new and pristine surroundings these academically-trained artists would give rise to the regional art movement that would become known as California Plein Air or California Impressionism. Among these artists was the German-born Jean Mannheim who arrived in Los Angeles in 1908.