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    EDWARD CUCUEL (American, 1875-1954)
    Summer Reflections
    Oil on canvas
    26 x 31 inches (66.0 x 78.7 cm)
    Signed lower right: Cucuel
    Signed verso: Cucuel

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, Canada.

    Edward Cucuel's elegant Summer Reflections is a superb example of his signature style, born out of early 20th-century Impressionism. A native of San Francisco, Cucuel spent the first fifteen years of his career searching for his artistic voice, studying the Old Masters at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and working as a newspaper illustrator in New York, but it was not until 1907 when he moved to Munich that he fell smitten with Impressionism. Here, Cucuel befriended the artist Leo Putz, leader of the anti-academic Die Scholle artists' group, and for several years, the two men painted together in a garden at Hartmannsdorf Castle west of Munich, each developing a distinctive Impressionist brand. By 1912, Cucuel found success exhibiting at the Paris Salons, and his paintings adopted the vibrant color and freer style of French Impressionism. His subjects ranged from nudes in bright interiors, open-air social scenes, and charming Bavarian landscapes.

    The lake landscapes of Munich, which Cucuel continued to frequent for decades, served as choice settings for his paintings of leisured women boating, napping, reading, or picnicking. Summer Reflections dates to the 1920s, at the height of his career, when Cucuel was working at Lake Starnberg, a popular tourist destination. With its distant sailboat and feathery shoreline grasses, the lake provides a backdrop for the pictorial focus: intimately conversing ladies enjoying the outdoors.

    In 1939, with the onset of World War II, Cucuel left Germany and settled in Pasadena, California, where he lived until his death in 1954. His works can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago; Detroit Institute of Arts; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; National Academy Museum, New York; and Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, among other notable institutions.




    Condition Report*: Re-lined canvas; stretcher crease on right edge faintly visible; scattered in-painting along the frame edges; 1.5 x 11-inch area of strengthening to middle sky region with scattered points to the left and right; minor points of in-painting above right figure's hat; minor points of in-painting in grass area above the two figures. Framed Dimensions 31 X 38 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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