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 Frank Coburn  (1862 - 1938)

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Lived/Active: California/Illinois      Known for: landscape-urban, figure and still life painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Frank Coburn
1862 (Chicago, Illinois)
1938 (Santa Ana, California)


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Born in Chicago, IL on July 24, 1862. Coburn began his art career as an ornamental sign painter and remained a self-taught artist except for brief study at the AIC and in St Louis. After moving to Los Angeles from the Midwest in 1908, he was active in the local art scene. He made many sketching trips throughout California and exhibited in Los Angeles galleries through the late 1920s. An Impressionist, he painted plein air landscapes (which often include buildings and other architectural features) as well as rainy street scenes and still lifes. Coburn died in Santa Ana, CA on Nov. 13, 1938. Exh: Painters Club, 1909; YMCA (LA) 1910; Calif. Federation of Womens Club, 1910; Cannon Art School (LA), 1913; Southwest Museum (LA), 1921, 1922; Laguna Beach AA, 1921-33; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1923, 1926; Pasadena Art Inst., 1932; Bowers Museum, 1938. In: Bowers Museum (Santa Ana); Irvine (CA) Museum; St Louis Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Frank Coburn, An Early Los Angeles Painter; Antiques & Fine Art, Sept. 1991; California Impressionism (Wm. Gerdts & Will South).
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Frank Coburn was a California artist known for his landscapes, especially his nocturnal views of Los Angeles. Coburn moved to California from the Midwest in 1909. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and although he was a mostly self-taught artist, he did study briefly at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In California, he developed his own unique style reminiscent of the Barbizon school of painters. He took numerous painting trips within California where he must have gained inspiration for his many Impressionistic landscapes.

Coburn eventually sold his Los Angeles studio in 1928, and continued to paint out of his Santa Ana, California home or on the road during his art excursions.

William Wrigley, the chewing gum magnate, was a supposed collector of Coburn's work.Coburn had a one-man show at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana in 1938, before his death that same year.

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