Biografie von Colin Campbell COOPER (1856-1937)

Birth place: Philadelphia, PA

Death place: Santa Barbara, CA

Addresses: Santa Barbara, CA

Profession: Painter, writer

Studied: PAFA, 1879, with Th. Eakins; Académie Julian, Paris with Bouguereau, 1886-90; also with Lefebvre, Doucet, Académie Delecluse, Académie Viti, all in Paris

Exhibited: PAFA, 1880-1913 (prize, 1904), 1915-25 (prize, 1919); Paris Salon, 1890, 1899; NAD, 1891-99; Boston AC, 1892-1909; AIC; Atlanta Expo, 1895 (medal); AWCS, 1903 (prize); ACP, 1905 (gold); Corcoran Gal, 1907-19; Buenos Aires Expo, 1910 (med); NYWCC, 1911 (prize), 1918 (prize); Pan-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915, oil (gold med), watercolors (silver med); Macbeth Gal., NYC, 1915 (joint exh. with his wife, Emma Lampert Cooper); San Diego FA Gal., 1930 (prize).

Member: ANA, 1908; NA, 1912; Phila. WCC; Lotus Club; SC; AWCS; NAC; SPNY; AFA; San Diego AG; Calif. AC.

Work: Cincinnati Mus.; Dallas AA; St. Louis AM; Boston Art Club; Club Phila.; Lotus Club; NAC; PAFA; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; Oakland Mus.; Reading Mus.; FA Gal., San Diego; Luxembourg Mus., Paris

Comments: An Impressionist who spent more than twenty years painting abroad, focusing on architecture and cosmopolitan scenes more than landscapes. He was also one of the earliest artists at Taos, painting at the Pueblos before 1883. An 1896 fire at the Hazeltine Gal., Phila., destroyed most of his early works from Europe. He married the painter Emma Lampert in 1897. In 1921, a year after his wife's death, he settled in Santa Barbara where he painted landscapes, remarrying in 1927. He painted throughout India in 1913 and returned there later in life. Also in 1913, he painted in Cragsmoor, NY, for the first time. He also produced plays for community theatre in Santa Barbara. Position: Instructor of watercolor, Drexel Inst., Philadelphia, 1895-98; dean, Santa Barbara School of Art.

Sources: Hughes, Artists of California, 115; P&H Samuels, 106; Tina Goolsby, "Colin Campbell Cooper," Art & Antiques, Jan. 1983, p. 56; Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 332; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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