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Jan Marinus Domela 1894 - 1973 Jan Domela Tracks in the Snow Midsized Thumbnail
"Tracks in the Snow"

Jan's birth name was Johan Domela Nieuwenhuis, and he was born in Amsterdam in 1894. At age 21, he came to San Francisco, and in America he shortenend his name to Jan Domela. He studied at the California School of Fine Arts in Los Angeles. He returned to Europe continuing his art studies at Rijks Academy and the Academie Julian in Paris.

In 1928 he returned to California and for 40 years worked in Hollywood in the art department of Paramount Studios for whom he created their mountain logo, a true bit of Americana. of his waves.

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He maintained his studio in Santa Monica until his death in 1973. He is noted for the translucency

A partial list of his matte artist/special effects credits include:

    • 1938 Her Jungle Love and Spawn of the North* Academy Award
    • 1939 Union Pacific
    • 1940 Typhoon and Dr. Cyclops
    • 1941 I Wanted Wings and Aloma of the South Seas
    • 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
    • 1943 For Whom the Bell Tolls
    • 1949 Samson and Delilah, A Connecticul Yankee in King Arthur's Court and The Great Gatsby
    • 1951 When Worlds Collide
    • 1953 War of the Worlds and The Girls of Pleasure Island
    • 1955 Conquest of Space
    • 1956 The Ten Commandments Academy Award
Sources: AskArt.com, CaliforniaViewFineArts.com