(San Francisco 1875–1951 Pasadena) ‘Sommerduft’, signed Cucuel, title on the stretcher with second signature, oil on canvas, 68 x 80 cm, framed, (PS)
Provenance: Private Collection, Northern Germany
Edward Cucuel, who was born in San Francisco, studied in Paris from 1892 onwards, first at the Académie Julien and the Académie Colarossi, and then shortly afterwards at the Académie des Beaux-Arts. After returning to New York in 1896 to spend 6 months working as a newspaper illustrator, Cucuel travelled to Europe again in order to dedicate himself from then on to fine art. From 1907 he lived and worked in and around Munich, where many of his lyrical motifs drawn from nature were executed. He was associated with Leo Putz and the group of artists, the Scholle, whose concern was to capture the essence of individual experience. Amongst the motifs favoured by Cucuel were young women going about their leisure activities within a natural setting. Although Cucuel portrayed the poses of his graceful ladies in his paintings, he also took great care in the intense colouration and detail of the landscape surrounding them, which contributes to the harmony of his scenes.
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