Framed original vibrant large oil still life painting of a vase of different flowers. Signed by the artist, Gerald Cooper in the lower right corner.
Gerald Cooper was born in West Bromwich in 1899 and died in 1971. He was a landscape, figurative and still life painter.
During the First World War he joined the Observer Corps flying barrage balloons over France and Belgium. He later joined the Royal Flying Corps and flew early airplanes. It was after the war had ended, that Gerald Cooper took up painting and studied at the West Bromwich School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, 1920 – 1923. He also became principal of Wimbledon School of Art.
He lead a very successful career and his still life paintings have become very popular. His work is in the Dutch tradition of still life painting and the subjects are synonymous with the best of the early still life artists. Flowers, fruit, jugs, bowls and glass vases are visually effective tools for example, but he also used marble ledges and stone plinths sometimes draped, adding another dimension to these cleverly conceived images.
Cooper exhibited 9 pictures at the Royal Academy and 5 at The New English Art Club as well as exhibiting at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
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