Artist Biography

1864 - 1940

Joseph David Greenbaum was born in New York City on November 17, 1864. At age thirteen he moved with his family to San Francisco. His art studies were begun locally at the School of Design followed by training under Carl von Marr in Munich at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Paris at Académie Julian under Lefebvre and Robert-Fleury, and under H. Lindenschmidt and H. Zügel, the famous animal painter. Returning to San Francisco, he painted portraits of many prominent citizens and made a second trip to Paris for four years of further study. The earthquake of 1906 destroyed his studio at 916 Market Street; he then moved to Los Angeles where he spent his remaining years. From his studio in the Blanchard Building came many portraits of such notables as "Lucky" Baldwin and General Otis. After his move to southern California, he taught at the Art Students League of Los Angeles where Rex Slinkard and Stanton Macdonald-Wright were two of his pupils. He made numerous trips into New Mexico and Arizona where he painted many desert landscapes. Greenbaum was active in Los Angeles until his death on April 15, 1940. Exhibited: Royal Academy of Fine Arts (honorable mention); Paris Salon, 1896; Mark Hopkins Art Institute, 1898, 1906; Steckel Gallery (Los Angeles), 1907; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1904; Del Monte Art Gallery, 1907-12; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (gold medal); Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1915. Works held: Irvine (California) Museum; Mechanics' Institute (San Francisco); Santa Cruz City Museum; California Historical Society; De Young Museum.

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