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Gordon Coutts
(1868-1937)


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"Oaks at Sunset"
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches




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Gordon Coutts was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 3, 1868. Coutts studied art in Glasgow, London, and in Paris at Académie Julian under Lefebvre, Fleury, and Rossi. After his stay in Paris, he moved to Melbourne, Australia where he was an instructor at the Art Society of New South Wales for several years during the late 1890s. Upon returning to London in 1899, he exhibited at the prestigious Royal Academy. About 1902 he and his wife, Alice, moved to San Francisco where he became an active member and exhibitor of the Bohemian Club while maintaining a home across the bay in Piedmont. An itinerant globe-trotter, he traveled to remote places in search of subject matter; although he painted a variety of subjects, he is best known for his desert landscapes. Ill health necessitated his move to a drier climate and about 1925 he settled in Palm Springs, California. There he built a French-Moroccan style castle similar to those seen in Tangier. He died there of tuberculosis on February 21, 1937.

Awards: gold medals at Alaska-Yukon Expo, 1909; Paris Salon, 1913; Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915; California State Fair, 1930.

Exhibited: Del Monte Art Gallery, 1907-1910; Berkeley AA, 1908; Bohemian Club, 1909, 1912-1914; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909; Paris Salon, 1913; PPIE, 1915; California Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1927; California State Fair, 1930.

Works Held: Oakland Museum; De Young Museum; Cleveland Museum; Melbourne Art Gallery; Nat'l Art Gallery (Sydney); Palm Springs Desert Museum; Henry Gallery (University of Washington).

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.