COLIN CAMPBELL COOPER Biography

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Colin Campbell Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 8, 1856 into an upper class family.  Encouraged to pursue and art career, Cooper was further motivated by the art exposition at the Philadelphia Expo of 1876.  He initially studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins followed by further studies in Paris at Academies Julian, Vitti and Delecluse.  After working from 1895-1898 as instructor of watercolor at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, he moved to New York City.  An inveterate traveler, he made many trips to Europe, India and throughout the United States in search of subject matter.  He first came to California to attend the Panama Pacific International Exposition and spent the winter in Los Angeles.  In 1921 he settled in Santa Barbara where he taught painting at the School of Fine Arts.  An Impressionist, his style shows the influence of Monet.  He is best known for his landscapes, garden scenes and figures.  Colin Campbell Cooper died in Santa Barbara on November 6, 1937.