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At the Water's Edge by Edward Alfred Cucuel

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A sun-dappled nude is the focus of this outstanding painting by Edward A. Cucuel

Key Features

  • A breathtaking American Impressionist oil by Edward Alfred Cucuel
  • Entitled At the Water's Edge, this work demonstrates the artist's aptitude in portraying women
  • Rich coloration and impasto distinguish his oeuvre
  • Cucuel was directly influence by the German Impressionists
  • His works are considered among the finest of the American Impressionists
  • Signed "Cucuel" (lower right and en verso); Oil on canvas
  • Canvas: 20" high x 24" wide; Frame: 27 1/4" high x 31 3/4" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C:24 F:31 3/4 Inches
  • Height:
    C:20 F:27 1/4 Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    America
  • Subject:
    Figurative
  • Artist:
    Cucuel, Edward Alfred
Edward Alfred Cucuel
1875-1954 · American 

At the Water's Edge 

Signed "Cucuel" (lower right and en verso) Oil on canvas 

Born in San Francisco, Edward Alfred Cucuel was an Impressionist painter of genre and figures in landscapes. His oeuvre is dominated by his use of a uniquely vibrant palette and rich impasto to depict women in sun-dappled landscape settings, as seen in this remarkable oil painting entitled At the Water's Edge. His works are considered among the finest of all the American Impressionists.

At the age of fourteen, Cucuel began his formal art training when he enrolled at the School of Design in San Francisco, and in 1892, he went to Paris and studied at the Academie Julian. A year later, he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts as a student of the famed Jean-Leon Gerome. Cucuel returned to the United States in 1896 and worked as an illustrator in New York, which allowed him to earn enough money to return to Europe. The artist would spend the next three decades devoting himself to his painting, working in France, Italy and then primarily in Germany, establishing a studio in Berlin.

In 1907, he moved his studio to Munich and was much influenced there by the German Expressionists and joined the Scholle group of artists led by Leo Putz, exhibiting paintings at the Munich Secession with great success. Cucuel began to develop his own Impressionist style during this period. He married Clara Lotte von Marcard in 1913, and they spent their summers in a villa on Lake Ammersee in Holzhausen near Munich. The artist and his family moved to New York in 1928, finally settling permanently in California eleven years later.

Canvas: 20" high x 24" wide  Frame: 27 1/4" high x 31 3/4" wide

Provenance:
Private Collection, UK

Artist's Exhibitions:
Mechanics Institute, 1890 and 1896
Mark Hopkins Institute, California, 1898 and 1901
Munich Secession, Germany, 1912
Salon d'Automne, Paris, 1912
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, 1913 and 1920
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania, 1914 and 1920
The Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, California, 1915 (Silver Medal) 

Artist's Associations:
Isaria and Aussteller-Verbund Munchner Kunstler, Der Ring, Munich
Salon d'Automne, Paris
Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Artist's Musums:
National Academy Museum, New York
Art Renewal Center - Glenham, New York
Oglethorpe University Museum, Georgia
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania
Detroit Art Institute, Michigan
Maison Braun et Cie, France
Musée Nationale des Arts et Decoration, France
Birkenhead Museum, Liverpool
Painting by William Bouguereau

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