Frank Cuprien was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1871. He began his studies at the Art Students League in New York, and continued at Cooper Union, Paris, Munich, and Leipzig. Upon his return to the States, Cuprien taught at Baylor University in Texas for 5 years before moving on to California, settling in Laguna Beach. While in Southern California, Cuprien devoted himself to coastal paintings, for which he is best known. One critic wrote that Cuprien’s tidal paintings include a subdued illumination of the sun or a soft afterglow of the ocean below.
He was a member of the California Art Club, Laguna Beach Art Association and the American Federation of Arts. Cuprien was a popular figure. His home-studio above the beach was a gathering spot for local artists. Today, Frank Cuprien’s work is located at the Laguna Beach Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Bowers Museum of Santa Ana, California.
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