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Laguna Beach Tidal Pools, California
Frank William Cuprien, (1871-1948)
Oil on Board
14″ x 18″
Period Frame

Born in Brooklyn, NY on August 23 1871. As a child, Cuprien was drawn to the seascapes of William Trost Richards. At 18 he began art studies in New York City at the Art Student League and Cooper Union Art School followed by work with Carl Weber in Philadelphia. He was also a musician and studied music and art in Munich, Paris and Leipzig until 1905. Upon returning to the U.S., he taught for five years in Texas at Baylor University.









Cuprien’s love of painting the sea lured him to Southern California in 1912. The artist lived briefly on Catalina Island and then settled in Laguna Beach where he remained for the rest of his life. His rustic studio, which he named “The Viking,” was on a hill overlooking the ocean and was a bohemian gathering spot where he loved to entertain with piano recitals and exhibitions of his paintings. His entire estate was bequeathed to the Laguna Beach Art Association. Cuprien is best known for his marines and coastal scenes.









Member : California Art Club; Laguna Beach Art Association (President 1921-22); Leipzig Art Association; Dallas Art Association; Denver Art Association; Southern States Art league; New Haven Palette and Chisel Club; Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles.









Exhibited : Berliner Ausstellung (gold); Galveston, Texas, 1913 (medal); San Diego Exposition, 1915 (medal), 1916 (medal); California State Fair, 1918 (medal), 1920 (prize); Phoenix (AZ) State Fair,1916 (prize); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1918 (solo); Laguna Beach Art Association, annuals, 1921 (prize); Witte Memorial Museum, 1929 (prize); Laguna Beach Museum, 1939-45; Pacific Southwest Exposition, Long Beach (prize); Society of Independent Artists.









Works held : Bowers Museum, Santa Ana; del Vecchio Gallery, Leipzig; Laguna Beach Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Springville (Utah) Museum of Art; Chamber of Commerce Laguna Beach.

Sources : WW47; Hughes, Artists of California, 128; Peggy and Harold Samuels, 118.