Artist Biography

1878 - 1949

Jean Jacques Pfister was born in Basle, Switzerland on July 10, 1878. At age 20 he immigrated to the United States and by 1902 had moved to San Francisco where he studied for three years at the Mark Hopkins Institute. He later studied at the Art School of Bremen, Germany, the Art Students League and Grand Central School of Art in New York City, and with Wayman Adams. During the 1920s he lived in Laguna Beach where he painted the missions and other California subjects. In 1932 he joined the faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida as associate professor of art and by 1937 held the same postition at Miss Harris' College Prep School in Coral Gables, Florida. Pfister lived in Florida until shortly before his death in New York City on June 7, 1949. His best known work, We At Daybreak, recording the trans-Atlantic flight of Charles Lindbergh, has been reproduced in many publications. Member: Laguna Beach Art Ass'n. Exhibited: California Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915, 1916 (oil, Alcatraz); San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1916-19; Gump's (San Francisco); Stendahl Gallery (Los Angeles), 1930.

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