American (California) 1903-1968




Oil on Masonite

Housed in a 22K and 18K carved custom giltwood frame
Signed 'E Kosa Jr' l.l.
Museums: 10, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Smithsonian

 American Art Museum, The Carnegie Art Museum, New York Historical Society, San Diego Museum of Art


Books: 45, including Emil Kosa Jr., McClelland; California Art, Moure/Wall; Painted Light: California, Stern;

Author: Watercolor Methods, 1955.


Periodicals: 12, including 10 in American Art Review


Emil Kosa, born in Paris in 1903, immigrated to the US early in life, and to California in 1927, returning to Paris several

times to continue his art education at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and with Pierre Laurens and Frank Kupka at the Academy

Julian.  In the US, Kosa was one of the first of the California watercolorists to be accepted into shows at the National Academy

of Design and the American Watercolor Society in New York, thereby bringing attention to the West Coast style of painting. He

painted in watercolor, oils, pastels and pencils, specializing in portraits, stylized landscapes, and as above, exceptional floral still lifes.


Kosa is equally well known for his excellence as a special effects artist with 20th Century Fox, winning an

Oscar for his special effects work for Cleopatra in 1963.  


Among the museums and collections housing Kosa’s work are the Los Angeles County Museum, The Smithsonian,

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Carnegie Museum, and the 20th Century Fox Film Co.


"Mums" is a particularly well executed still life, exhibiting the short curved broken brushstrokes and juxtaposed

dabs of color, characteristic of many Americans studying at Paris' Academy Julian.  This manner of applying paint has a vibrancy,

 energy and subtle excitement that I find quite singular in fine art.


Image size : 19-7/8"x 16"






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Emil Jean KOSA II (1903-1968)


Birth place: Paris, France


Death place: Los Angeles, CA


Addresses: Los Angeles


Profession: Painter, muralist, lithographer, writer, lecturer


Studied: Academy of Fine Art, Prague with Thille; California Art Institute; Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris;

Academy Julian, Paris, with Laurens; Kupka.


Exhibited: San Diego Gallery of Fine Art, 1933; National Academy of Design, 1942-46; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1938-46; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annual;, 1949; Corcoran Gallery biennials, 1941-43 (5 times); American Watercolor Society, 1936-46; Art Institute of Chicago, 1940-49; Carnegie Institute, 1941, 1943-44; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1940, 1946; Whitney Museum of American Art, 1945; Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1942: Denver Art Museum, 1938-45.; Toledo Museum of Art, 1946; Colorado Springs Fine Art Club, 1941-45; Los Angeles Museum of Art, 1926-46; Frye Museum of Art, Seattle. Awards: medal, Pan-Pacific Exhibition, 1928; prizes, American Watercolor Society, 1938-39, 1953; Baltimore Watercolor Club, 1939; San Diego Art Guild, 1937, 1942; San Diego Gallery of Fine Art, 1936-37; Oakland Art Museum, 1938, 1942, 1950; Foundation of Western Artists, 1942, 1945; Santa Cruz, 1932, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1948; Los Angeles County Fair, 1931; Santa Paula Annual, 1939 (prize); Ebell Club, 1939 (prize); California State Fair, 1934, 1938, 1949; Arizona State Fair, 1932, 1938; National Academy of Design, 1941, 1949, 1951, 1954; Academy of Arts & Sciences,1952; Newport Harbor High School.; Westwood Art Association, 1953; Sacramento State Fair, 1954; P&S Los Angeles, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944; California Art Club, 1938, 1940-42. Jarvis House award. Art: USA. 1958; Madonna Festival, Los Angeles, 1961.


Member: New York Watercolor Club; San Diego Arts Guild; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles; California Art Club; National Academy; American Watercolor Society; Audubon Artists; California Watercolor Society


Work: ; National Academy of Design; California State Library; Springfield (MA) Museum of Art; Cranbrook Academy of Art; Dover (DE) High School; Washington State College; Chaffey Jr. College; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Los Angeles Museum of Art; American Watercolor Society; Santa Paula, CA; Art Dept.,20th Century Fox Film Co.; murals, Lockheed Aircraft Corp.


Comments: Came to U.S. in 1907. Teaching: Los Angeles Art Institute; Chouinard Art Institute;

Author: Watercolor Methods, 1955.


Sources: WW66; WW47; Falk, Exh. Record Series



Chaffey Community Art Association Museum

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

New York Historical Society

Paine Art Center

San Diego Museum of Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Springville Museum of Art

The Carnegie Art Museum

USC Fisher Gallery


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Emil Jean Kosa, Jr. American (California) 1903-1968, Mums, Oil on Masonite