EMIL JEAN KOSA, JR.
American (California) 1903-1968
Oil on Masonite
Housed in a 22K and 18K carved custom giltwood frame
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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