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Marion L. Jochimsen Paintings
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Marion L. Jochimsen paintings
    Dates: 1930-1978
    Collection number: MS 47
    Creator: Jochimsen, Marion L.
    Collection Size: 3 flats 2 framed items
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection contains 21 tempera portrait paintings done by Jochimsen along with a couple of photos of her, color transparencies of the paintings, her scrapbook and a holograph autobiography.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Marion L. Jochimsen paintings. MS 47. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Marion Jochimsen in 1982


    Marion Jochimsen (1894-1996), a life-long artist and a member of the American Watercolor Society since the 1940s, died at her home at La Posada in Santa Cruz on January 17, 1996. She was 101 years old.
    Marion led a colorful life that took her from her native Alaska to Europe, New York, Mexico, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, her home since 1968. Throughout her life she made her living as an artist - painting portraits, teaching and working as a commercial artist for magazines and the movie industry.
    Marion was feisty, funny, independent, free thinking, opinionated and artistic in everything she did throughout her long life. She was born in Alaska on July 4, 1894, where her father owned a trading post in Juneau and operated trade ships which ran between Siberia and Alaska. Her grandfather was also a trader and a shoemaker who won favor with the Russians before the United States bought Alaska in 1867.
    When Marion was 13 years old her mother brought her from Juneau to San Francisco for high school and Saturday art classes at the California School of Design which was then affiliated with the University of California. While there she studied under Frank Van Sloan. She later studied in Paris at the Academie Scaninave.
    In her late teens Marion married Captain Achton Jochimsen, one of her father's best friends, a whaler, walrus hunter and master of the ice-breaking ships for the Swenson Fur Trading Company. In 1914, Achton and his crew rushed in during the break-up of an ice-pack in the Arctic and rescued sixteen men from Vilhajlmur Stefansson's Canadian Arctic Expedition who had been stranded on the ice pack for a year.
    While her husband was sailing around the Arctic during the 1920s, Marion was working as a portrait artist in New York City. After his death in 1931 she continued to paint and in 1935 showed for the first time with the American Watercolor Society. For the next several years, she exhibited regularly and in 1943 was one of the first women and one of the first portrait painters to be accepted into the Society.
    During the 1940s and 1950s, Marion worked as a commercial artist for Fox Films and for several magazines. In 1958 she left New York for Cuernavaca where she lived for several months, then moved to Santa Fe. In 1960 Marion moved to San Francisco and taught art classes at San Francisco State College.
    Marion moved to Santa Cruz in 1968 where she lived in a trailer park near Pleasure Park. She was a common site around town riding her three wheel bike, carrying her little dog in the front basket. Marion loved dogs, particularly Chihuahuas and other small breeds.
    In 1982 Marion gave the University of California, Santa Cruz, Special Collections twenty-one of her tempera portraits portraits with descriptions of her technique and a book of clippings and her own writings about her work. In 1990 she gave the remainder of her collection to the Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History so that works might be sold to benefit the City Museum.
    Linda Pope, The Pope Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains 21 tempera portrait paintings done by Jochimsen along with a couple of photos of her, color transparencies of the paintings, her scrapbook and a holograph autobiography.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Johimsen, Marion L. (Levy)--Archives
    Artists--California--Santa Cruz County
    Watercolor painting
    Portrait painting, American