Eanger Irving Couse (American, 1866-1936)

, "Coastal Scene, Étaples", oil on canvas, signed lower right "E. I. Couse", 18 in. x 20 in.
Provenance: Purchased by George Zabriskie, a friend and patron of Couse, from the artist on January 25, 1900; thence by descent to consignor.
Note: A Michigan native, Eanger Irving Couse studied at the Chicago Art Institute (1882), the National Academy of Design in New York (1884-85), and Academie Julian in Paris (1886-1890). While in France he studied under Adophe Bouguereau and Robert Fleury. He also met and married a classmate, Virginia Walker.
After returning to the United States, Couse maintained a winter studio in New York City, with alternating summer destinations. Although he favored painting scenes of Native American life, in response to the high demand for his European landscapes he and his wife moved to Etaples in the Picardy region of France in 1893. At the turn of the century Étaples was a fishing village and artist colony. For three years Couse painted bucolic scenes of everyday life, returning for one last summer in 1900. In these paintings families are often depicted on the waterfront after a day of fishing. While in France, Couse associated with Joseph Henry Sharp and Ernest L. Blumenschein who provided the impetus for Couse's future endeavors in Taos, New Mexico. They would go on to found and form The Taos

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