Gordon Coutts (1869-1937) - Desert Plein Air circa 1920s - Oil on Canvas P2844
Very likely a view of Palm Springs. We are delighted to have this. And proud to claim him as a California painter in the last decade of his extraordinary life. Measures 18" x 14", frame 21" x 17" x 2".
Born in Glasgow, Scotland on Oct. 3, 1868, Gordon 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 Royal Academy. In 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. During his early period his work embraced Tonalism; whereas, his style later changed to the brighter, colorful palette of Impressionism.
Ill health necessitated his move to a drier climate, and about 1925 he settled in Palm Springs, CA. There he built a French-Moroccan style castle, Dar Maroc (now the Korakai Pensione), where he remained until his death of tuberculosis on Feb. 21, 1937.