M.S. Rau Antiques
At the Water's Edge
At the Water's Edge
Paintings, Oil on canvas
Canvas: 20" high x 24" wide
Frame: 27.3" high x 31.8" wide
American Neoclassicism, Modern
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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 Impressionist.
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.
Signed "Cucuel" (lower right and en verso)
Private Collection, UK
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