Edward Cucuel



Artist's Biography & Works For Sale


Edward Cucuel was born in 1875 in the United States. He began his artistic tutelage in the local Academy of Arts & Design in San Francisco and following this began work as an illustrator for ‘The Examiner’ newspaper.  

In 1892 Cucuel went to Paris and studied at the Académie Julian. In 1893, he enrolled at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts under the tutelage of the great French painter and sculptor Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904). After completing his studies, Cucuel returned to the USA in 1896 where he worked as a newspaper illustrator in New York. Following this he returned to France and Italy to study the Old Masters. Eventually, in 1907 after a brief world tour, he moved and settled in Munich and it was here he met and became acquainted with the Tyrolean painter and president of the art society ‘Die Scholle’, Professor Leo Putz (1869-1940). Putz had a huge and significant influence on Cucuel and the two men painted together for many summers. By 1912, Cucuel’s paintings had garnered recognition in the Paris salons and the following year he became a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and the Salon d’Automne.

In 1915, Cucuel was honoured with a silver medal for the work he submitted to San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition. He continued to spend much of his time working in Europe until 1939, when World War II broke out. Forced to leave Germany, Cucuel returned to California and lived in Pasadena until his passing in 1954.

Cucuel’s paintings can be found in private and public collections around the world, including the Detroit Institute, The Musée National des Arts et Décoration and the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Liverpool.