Colin Campbell Cooper
An Extraordinary Life
March 16, 2005 through May 9, 2005
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A Few Words About the Exhibit
Encouraged from an early age, Colin Campbell Cooperís remarkable
talents as an artist were matched only by his love of beauty and
passion for travel. Cooperís formal training began at the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Art under Thomas Eakin in 1879 and continued with
studies in France, at various times, at Academies Julien, Delacleuse,
and Viti. At age twenty-five, Cooper began a lifelong pursuit of
adventure with a journey out West where he painted landscapes of
Colorado plateau. Soon thereafter, Cooper made his first of many trips
to Europe and Asia. His travels were so frequent that he and his wife Emma
found themselves on the deck of the Carpathia as witnesses to the
rescue of the survivors of the Titanic in 1912.
Among Cooperís most significant works are those which depict the
accomplishments of mankind, and specifically, itís architectural
marvels. Roman ruins, Eastern temples, Gothic cathedrals, and, of
course, New York skyscrapers (even belching locomotives) are presented
as cultural expressions of time and place. In contrast, Cooperís
poetic plein air landscape sketches underscore the artistís
appreciation of the sublime beauty of nature. Sullivan Goss proudly
presents a selection of works from the artistís estate, some of which
have not been on view for more than fifty years and includes fine oils
and works on paper.
In 2006, Dr. William Gerdts and Dr. Deborah Epstein Solon will organize
a major retrospective of the artistís work to be accompanied by a
substantial monographic catalog.
- Edward Cella
About the Artist
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