Colin Cambell Cooper1856 - 1937
Born: 1856, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: November 6, 1937, Santa Barbara, California
After growing up in Philadelphia, Colin Campbell Cooper studied under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and became a traveler for life, journeying throughout the United States, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, India, and Burma. After teaching at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia for three years and studying in Europe for four years, Cooper moved to New York in 1904. He lived there until 1920 when he relocated to California and became dean of painting at the Santa Barbara Community College.
Cooper's paintings serve as a record of the world traveling he did, chronicling the architectural treasures he saw in Europe, India, and the United States. Working mostly in an impressionist style with watercolors, Cooper is especially known for his many works of the New York skyscrapers that were being built early in the twentieth century. While many saw the monstrous buildings as representative of ugly modern urbanization, Cooper revealed the beauty of the architecture and the canyons created in the city by their soaring heights.
Cooper painted Polar Bear, a work in the collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, while on a rescue mission for Titanic survivors in April of 1912.