Edward Cucuel (1875-1954)


Worldly artist Edward Cucuel painted beauty he observed firsthand. Devoted to art from an early age, he managed in his works to bring forth the best theories of the Impressionists with charming scenes of color and light in his own style. Born in San Francisco, he was employed as a teenager illustrator to "The Examiner" and attended a local academy of the arts. By 17 he was in Paris, studying first at Académie Julian and Académie Colarossi before painting with Jean Léon Gérome at the Académie des Beaux Arts.

Cucuel's artistic pursuits would lead him to New York, back to Paris and travel through Europe. In Germany he found a place that appealed to his sensibilities enough to make it part of his home life from 1905 until the dawn of World War II in 1939. He worked alongside acclaimed artist Leo Putz, and exhibited in Paris and Munich. He would set up summer studios in Holzhausen, Munich and Starnberg, and spend winters in New York.

On canvas, Cucuel favored portraits of women, and narrative settings featuring women at leisure in bright interiors, gardens and at green shorelines. The French Impressionist schools tutelage and German emphasis of form, using his passion of bright colors and light stayed with him.. He would return to California and spent his last years in Pasadena.

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