Description & Technical information

 Edward Cucuel was born in America and studied at the Académie Julian and
the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 1890s. After completing his
studies, he concentrated his attention on the colours and motifs chosen
by the French Impressionists, and also travelled widely across Europe,
devoting his time to the study of the works of the Old Masters. From
1907 onwards he lived and worked in and around Munich, from where much
of his natural lyricism originates. Edward Cucuel was fascinated by the
works and painting style of a group of artits referred to as "Die
Scholle", and he was inspired by open-air painting, in particular, the
work of Léo Putz. The 'Scholle' artists believed primarily in depicting
the individual's experience of the essential. Following the end of the
Second World War, Edward Cucuel worked in Munich, and also in Starnberg,
where he spent most of his time. Works such as 'Le lac Starnberg'
number among Edward Cucuel's preferred subjects of the 1920s. He
succeeded in effortlessly replicating the stance and body language of
young women who engaged in leisure activities seemingly unobserved,
rowing across the lake or enjoying nature. The light on the lake, the
interplay between patches of sunlight and shade and the greenery
reflecting on the surface of the water are captured on canvas by Cucuel
thanks to his particularly intense use of light and colour.

Signed lower right : Cucuel and inscribed on the back : Peint à Starnberg en 1922

Date:  1922
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 80.6 x 65.5 cm (31³/₄ x 25³/₄ inches)
Provenance: Bolland and Marotz, Brême, April 20th, 1996, n°951.
Schüller Gallery, Munich.
Private collection, Germany.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints