Edward Cucuel was born in San Francisco as the son of a newspaper publisher.
Already at the age of 14 years, he attented the local Academy of Arts. When he was a teenager, he was employed as an illustrator by the newspaper’The Examiner’. When the 17 years old Cucuel was sent to Paris, he entered the ‘Académie Julian’ and the ‘Académie Colarossi’.
Then he went to Jean Léon Gérôme at the Académie des Beaux Arts. In 1896 he returned to New York to work as an illustrator. After a half year , he went back to Paris to devote himself to art.
He travelled through France and Italy to study the old masters. In 1907 Cucuel moved to Munich, the city that should become his home for a long time. Here, he joined the artists Group’Scholle’. They had several exhibitions in Munich.
In 1912 Cucuel successfully exhibited some of his works in Paris.
His paintings resemble the French Impressionists as the colour and motives. His favourite motives are portraits of women and nudes in bright interiors. Plein-air representations with social scenes and charming landscapes.
Since 1928, he spent his summers in Munich and his winters in New York.
Because of the beginning of World war II Cucuel finally left Germany in 1939. He settled in Pasadena, California, where he lived until his death in 1954.
The paintings of Cucuel are very famous and in demand.