Distinguished Artist Series

 

Frank Coburn

by Bradley J. Delaney

Among the artists of the early Los Angeles school, Coburn may have been the most adventurous in range of subject matter. In style, too, he was by no means limited, drawing from various traditions as the subject or expressive situation dictated. He received the foundations of an academic training at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the training shows in many thoughtfully organized compositions. But Coburn's academic background did not constrain or overwhelm him. He was essentially self-taught, allowing his personal experience of life to assume the principal role in forming his style.

Above Center: Mount San Antonio - Old Baldy, c. 1910-15, 9 1/4 x 13 5/8 inches; Apricots, 1912, oil on cardboard, 11 x 14 inches

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