San Francisco 1875 - Pasadena 1954
Edward Cucuel was an American painter, born in 1875 who lived and worked in Germany. At the age of 14, he attended the local academy of arts and was employed as an illustrator by the newspaper The Examiner. When he was 17 years old Cucuel went to Paris and attended the Académie Julian and the Académie Colarossi. Then he went to Jean Léon Gérôme?s course at the Fines Arts Academy.
In 1896, Edward Cucuel returned to the USA and settled in New York. After half a year, when he worked again as a newspaper illustrator, Cucuel went back to Paris to devote himself to art. He spent two years there, and then traveled in France and Italy to study the old masters. In Germany, Edward Cucuel went to Berlin, where he mainly worked as an illustrator.
In 1907, he moved to Munich, the city that would become his home for a long time. There, he joined the group of artists « Scholle », dominated by the outstanding artistic figure of Leo Putz. The group took care of him in artistic matters. Furthermore, Edward Cucuel took part in the exhibitions of the Secession in Munich. In 1912, the artist successfully exhibited some of his works in Paris. His paintings resembled the French Impressionists as for color and themes. His favourite subjects were portraits of women and nudes in bright interiors, open air representations with social scenes and charming Bavarian landscapes. In 1939, because of the beginning of Word War II, Edward Cucuel finally left Germany and settled in the Californian town Pasadena, where he lived in isolation until his death in 1954.