German-born F. C. von Hausen – Frank – came to Palm Beach with his oils and his canvases. A gifted portrait artist, he exhibited at the Palm Beach Art League and the Society of the Four Arts during the 1930s and ’40s. Among a long list of other notables, he painted E.F. Hutton, Henry Flagler and Addison Mizner. Which of the following is true?
- Von Hausen found Mizner an especially challenging subject; the architect simply wouldn’t sit still, and neither would his ever-present pet monkey.
- For recreation, the artist swam long distances in the sea.
- Von Hausen built his first studio on Worth Avenue in 1922; there were no shops, and County Road had yet to be paved.
- It was not unusual to see a group of fans sitting beside von Hausen’s easel, watching him paint.
Answer: All of the above. Von Hausen’s work gives us an rich, opulent glimpse into a rich, opulent time. Read more about his work in the newly released book, Palm Beach Visual Arts, by Deborah Pollack. We’ll review it soon!