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The Lotus Pool, El Encanto, Santa Barbara

The Lotus Pool, El Encanto, Santa Barbara

Artist: Colin Campbell Cooper (American, 1856 - 1937)

Date: c. 1921 - 1922
Medium: oil on canvas
Framed: 43 x 36 x 2 1/4 in. (109.2 x 91.4 x 5.7 cm)
Canvas: 36 x 29 in. (91.4 x 73.7 cm)
Credit Line:Museum Purchase
Restored through the Adopt-A-Painting Program by the Historical Art Council of Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
Object number: 1922.163.1

By the early 1920s, there were several exquisitely landscaped resort hotels that attracted the attention of Cooper, who was born in Philadelphia and who had studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. El Encanto (The Enchanted) became a favorite location for the artist. He made several paintings of the pond and pergola. This painting is a foreshortened view of the pond looking out toward the pergola and eucalyptus trees in the distance. The lush landscape is bathed in sunlight exhibiting his mastery of the plein air technique.

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