East Coast/West Coast and Beyond: Colin Campbell Cooper, American Impressionist

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Like the fate of so many American Impressionist painters, Colin Campbell Cooper's career was often overlooked. With this first in-depth study of the artist, Cooper's career is finally illuminated, revealing a virtuosity and breadth of subject matter unique among his contemporaries. Originally from Philadelphia, Cooper was a student of Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before moving to Paris where he attended the Academie Julian and the academies Delacluse and Viti. It was in Paris where his enduring interest in architecture began with mediaeval architectural monuments, especially Gothic cathedrals. This interest in architecture developed into the theme for which his art would forever be associated. Relocating to California in 1921 led to his fascination with West Coast architecture with its Spanish influences, and his later work also reflects his love of the Western landscape. Whether painting the East or the West, Cooper was lauded as a significant Impressionist artist who

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About the author (2006)

William H. Gerdts was born in 1929 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College and a master's degree and PhD in fine arts from Harvard University. He has served as curator of art at the Norfolk (Virginia) Museum and resident director of the historic Myers House in Norfolk, as curator of painting and sculpture at the Newark (New Jersey) Museum, and as gallery director at the University of Maryland (College Park), where he also taught art history. He is an art historian and professor of art history at CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of 25 books on American art including Art Across America. Two Centuries of Regional Painting and American Impressionism.

Deborah E. Solon resides in Laguna Niguel, California, and is adjunct curator at the Laguna Art Museum. A native New Yorker, she studied at Vassar College and the Graduate Center on CUNY.

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