This month's featured oil painting Colin Campbell Cooper's 'Summer'.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
on March 8, 1856,
Colin Campbell Cooper was the son of surgeon Dr. Colin Campbell Cooper and
Emily William Cooper.
He enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of
Fine Arts, and studied under Thomas Eakins. In 1886 he went to Europe, as did many young artists who could afford it.
After making a tour of the Lowlands he studied in Paris at the Academies Julian.
to Southern California in 1921 where he became Dean of the Santa Barbara School
for the Arts, and settled in Santa
Barbara. He simultaneously kept a New York residence for many years, and thus
maintained a presence on both coasts. He maintained a home in Santa Barbara until his death in 1937.
is most often discussed in the context of a particular place or
movement--American Impressionism within New York, or Impressionism within
California are most frequent. Also referenced is work by Cooper that falls
within the American Orientalist movement. He is also referred to as an American
painter who, sophisticated and well-trained and -traveled, throughout his life
documented his many travels. Both of these tendencies are evident in his
painting Summer which shows an impressionist summer day of two young women
boating, shaded by an oriental umbrella.