This biography from the Archives of AskART:
From art writer, Fred McCraw, Kansas City, Missouri:
This biography includes material from what appears to be reliable sources, but has not been independently verified.
Carl Henrik Jonnevold (1856-1955) was born in Norway on June 1, 1856. He came to America during the 1880s. While still in his twenties, he painted in the Northwest and, in 1887, went south to San Francisco where he for years had a studio near 16th and California Streets.
Jonnevold joined the host of American artists that went to live in Paris (and Munich) in the first decade of the 20th century. In Paris, he is believed to have continued his course of self-education by devoting his time to studying works in the museums and galleries. His paintings thereafter took on aspects of 19th-century French genre and landscape painting, a style suited to Jonnevold's representational approach to landscape.
He was primarily a painter of the California landscape, with special emphasis on marine subjects (waves breaking on a rocky shore) and mountain vistas. Jonnevold was successful in his career until the Great Depression threw him into near poverty and led him into conflict with his landlord and life in the city in general.
Jonnevold is said to have left San Francisco rather abruptly in 1930 after a confrontation with his landlord and a two-month jail sentence that followed.
His departure was so decisive that many in the art world thought he had died, and have given that year as the date of his death. Already in his mid-70s at that time, he is not known to have produced further work.
[Edan Hughes, a noted San Francisco collector of
California art and author has written
that the Oakland Museum has a letter asserting
that Jonnevold died on June 9, 1955, but that it
does not say where this occurred. Assuming it is
true, which seems appropriate until something more
definitive appears, Jonnevold died at the age of
99 while in his 100th year.]