Hansen was the son of an artists and left for Germany when he was 20 to study art. For five years he devoted himself to paint european landscapes in Belgium and other places. He ended up in Monterrey when this town was but a small fishing village. You can read more about his life here.
Sometimes, his paintings reach great atmospheric feel. Like this "Stranded" piece where the figures in the foreground seem minuscule against the sea engulfing their ship. But even in this painting we can observe his lackluster handling of negative space in the rock silhouettes.
|"Stranded" oil on canvas|
The skies never reflect in the ocean and are often heavier and more belabored than the sea below.
His treatment of the human form is quite cartoonish and coarse as well. Most figures have bow shaped legs and prominent chins. Popeye the sailor would fit right in. Below is an example of a portrait of seamen. We see again the sad negative space and the block/mass of faces blending into a whole. I took some awful pictures, I'll admit that much.
|Monterrey seamen. Observe the uninteresting negative space.|
This doesn't mean he is always off. One of my favorite pieces had a beautiful dynamic and "wet" feel to it. It was the"Iceland Fishing Boat". His etchings and high-contrast pieces of boats being rescued and Monterrey scenes were also quite fascinating and salty.
|"Iceland Fishing Boat"|
|Ignacio Zuloaga. "Hombres del Pais Vasco"|