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Eanger Irving Couse Artist Biography
written by +Robert Parsons
and Ashley Rolshoven
Eanger Irving Couse (1866-1936)
Couse said "I want it to be strictly American."
Founding member and first president of the Taos Society of Artists
Couse hoped “to remove the misconception and contempt in which the Indian has been held,
and to show that they are human beings worthy of consideration and a place in the sun.”
E.I. Couse Artist
He attended the Academie Julian, studying under Robert Fleury and Adolphe Bouguereau,
and was recognized as Bouguereau's favorite student.
Eanger Irving Couse uplifted the American peoples ideas of the West and Native Americans.
EI Couse House and Studio—JH Sharp Studios
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties.
The property is also called the Couse/Sharp Historic Site, and is maintained by the Couse Foundation. It is open to the public.
Parsons Galleries are within easy walking distance of The Eanger Irving Couse House and Studio—Joseph Henry Sharp Studios
in Downtown Historic Taos.
Parsons invites you to visit and see Eanger Irving Couse Artwork.
He achieved the highest reputation of the Taos Founders.
He was a founder, along with Oscar E Berninghaus, Ernest L Blumenschein, E Martin Hennings, Nicolai Fechin,
William Herbert Dunton, Bert Geer Phillips, and Joseph Henry Sharp, and also the first president of the Taos Society of Artists.
Taos Society of Artists
Top L-R, Walter Ufer, W. Herbert Dunton, Victor Higgins, Kenneth Adams
middle, E. Martin Hennings, Bert G. Phillips, Eanger Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus
lower, Joseph Henry Sharp, Ernest L. Blumenschein c. 1927
Eanger Irving Couse was a printmaker, graphic designer, illustrator, muralist, plein air and easel painter and Kachina doll maker.
His art is categorized as Impressionism, Realism, Representationism and Naturalism.
Artist Eanger Irving Couse media included oil paints, fresco, mosaic, inks, watercolors,
gouache, etchings, pens and inks, colored pencils and charcoal.
Eanger Irving Couse
The subjects of Eanger Irving Couse art works included the human figure, nude figures, portraits, human head images,
faces, portraits, portrait heads, American Indians, Cowboys, Pioneers, horses, mammals, animals, desert landscapes,
pastoral landscapes, skyscapes, and national and state parks.
Some of the places he lived and worked include Paris and the Pacific Northwest Before 1900;
Taos and New Mexico Before 1940; Europe; Barbizon, France; Grand Canyon and Hopi Reservation;
Arizona; Mystic, Connecticut; and Arizona Before 1945.
Eanger Irving Couse in his Taos Studio
Eanger Irving Couse' Teachers include William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury.
Eanger Irving Couse' schools include Academie Julian, National Academy Museum and School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Blumenschein, Phillips, and Sharp review Couse’s painting "The White Goose"
Eanger Irving Couse Highest Auction Prices
"THE HARVEST SONG" Price: $937,000
"Kachina Painter'' (1917) Price: $753,000
"The Lesson" Price: $618,500
"THE ARROW MAKER" Price: $565,000
"CONTENTMENT" Price: $506,000
"The Pottery Maker" (1923) Price: $438,750
"Flute Player at the Spring" Price: $435,000
"Decorating the War Shield" Price: $380,250
"The Turquoise Bead Driller" Price: $380,250
"Indian Examining a Blanket" Price: $366,400
"The War Dance" Price: $365,000
"The Call of the Flute" Price: $341,000
"The Young Hunter" Price: $320,000
"The Chant (The Tom Tom)" Price: $318,400
"MOONLIGHT PUEBLO DE TAOS" Price: $316,250
"The Arrow maker" Price: $313,600
"Medicine Spring" Price: $302,500
"DECORATING THE WAR SHIELD" Price: $285,000
"The Lesson" Price: $257,400
"The Evening Camp" Price**: $257,000
"Medicine Man" Price: $253,900
"The Pottery Decorator" Price: $253,000
"The Signal Light" Price: $242,500
"Night Birds" Price: $238,000
"The Eagle Dance" Price: $230,000
"The Beaded Tobacco Bag" Price: $228,000
Eanger Irving Couse Signature Examples
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Fine Art prices have risen steadily. Please contact the Gallery for the latest prices and current inventory.
Parsons does not offer Eanger Irving Couse prints, because no print can compare to the real paintings.
Parsons invites you to visit the Galleries to experience the unmatched beauty of the real art.
Eanger Irving Couse Timeline:
Couse, also called Irving (Eanger) Couse, was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on September 3, 1866.
He started drawing the nearby Chippewa Indian Tribe in his youth.
In 1884, at the age of 18, Eanger Irving Couse studied for 3 months at the Art Institute of Chicago, until he ran out of funds.
He painted houses to earn his tuition.
In 1885 he went to New York City.
From 1885-1887 he studied at the National Academy of Design in New York, winning awards every year.
In 1886 Eanger Irving Couse studied at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris
In 1887, Irving Couse traveled to Paris, and studied at the Academie Julian under William Adolphe Bouguereau and Robert Fleury.
He won awards for four consecutive years. He was Bouguereaus' favorite student.
Bouguereaus' classic technique and draftsmanship show in Couse art works.
In 1889 he married Virginia Walker, his fellow Paris art student and a ranchers' daughter from Oregon.
In Paris, he mentored under Joseph Henry Sharp, the spiritual leader of the Taos Founders.
Sharp and Eanger Irving Couse at Couse' Taos Home
In 1891 he moved to America and went to Oregon, and painted his first Indian portraits of the the Yakima, Umatilla, and Klikitat tribes.
Eanger Irving Couse also painted landscapes, which were more in demand in those days.
In 1891 Couse's signature painting "The Captive" was hung at his first solo exhibition,
at the Portland Art Association in Oregon, and later at the Paris Salon of 1892.
Eanger returned to France and lived in Pas de Calais.
Between 1893 and 1896, he was part of the Estaples art colony.
His son Kibbey was born in Estaples in 1894.
In 1897 Couse and his family moved to Oregon.
He built a studio and painted the nearby Klikitat Indians.
In 1901 Eanger Irving Couse settled in New York, and used his sketches and drawings from the West
as a source for his popular Native American paintings.
In 1902 he went Taos, New Mexico for the first time, on the recommendation of Joseph Henry Sharp, his Paris friend.
Eanger Irving Couse also maintained his contacts and a winter studio in New York, which helped to sell his Art Works.
In 1903 Couse went to Arizona and at Walpi he potrayed the Hopi Indian ceremonies.
From 1902 to 1926 he spent all his summers in Taos, New Mexico.
He lived next door to Bert Geer Phillips.
L-R: Phillips, Dunton, Sharp, Berninghaus, Couse and Blumenschein at Couse Taos home
He was a founder of the Taos Society of Artists,
along with Joseph Sharp, Bert Phillips, Ernest Blumenschein, Oscar E Berninghaus and Herbert Dunton.
In 1911 EI Couse was won full membership in the National Academy of Design.
In 1912 Eanger Irving Couse was elected the first president of the Taos Society of Artists.
Ben Lujan and Geronimo Gomez of the Taos Pueblo were Couse main models.
Looking at his paintings, one can see them age over the years.
Eanger Irving Couse seated in his studio with Ben Luhan, a Taos Pueblo Indian
EI Couse and Ben Luhan
Starting in1914, artist Eanger Irving Couse signature paintings were on calendars by the Santa Fe Railway.
He painted 22 important pieces for the railway over his life.
In 1927 Eanger Irving Couse moved to Taos, New Mexico full time.
Eanger Irving Couse in Taos
In 1927 Eangers' wife died, saddening him and changing his paintings.
Irving Couse, Taos, New Mexico, 1932
Eanger Irving Couse died in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1936.
He is buried at Sierra View Cemetery in Taos.
Eanger Irving Couse, Taos NM
Eanger Irving Couse Art Education:
Art Institute of Chicago
National Academy of Design
École des Beaux-Arts
Eanger Irving Couse Awards:
In 1884, from the National Academy of Design, Antique Class: The Eliot Silver Medal
In 1885, from the National Academy of Design, Life Class, the Suydam Bronze Medal
In 1887, from the Julian Academy, the Concours de Dessin Prix
In 1888, from the Julian Academy, the Concours de Tete, Prix et Medaille
In 1888 - 1889, from the Julian Academy, Concours de Esquisse Prix
In 1899, from the Salmagundi Club, The Shaw Prize for Black and White
In 1900, from the Paris Exposition, Honorable Mention
In 1900, from the National Academy,Second Hallgarten Prize $200
In 1902, from the National Academy, First Hallgarten Prize $300
In 1901, from Pan American Exposition, Honorable Mention
In 1900, from the Salmagundi Club, the Proctor Prize $300
In 1903, the Osborn Competition Prize $500
In 1904, from the St. Louis Exposition, Two Bronze Medals, for Oil and Water Color
In 1910, the Lotus Club Purchase Prize
In 1911, from the National Academy of Design, the Isidor Gold Medal
In 1912, from the National Academy of Design, the Carnegie Prize $500
In 1915, from the Panama Pacific Exposition, California, the Silver Medal
In 1921, from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Lippincott Prize
In 1921 the Ranger Fund Purchase
Eanger Irving Couse Museum Collections:
Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
Amon Carter Museum
American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection
Arizona State University Art Museum
Ball State University Museum of Art
Butler Institute of American Art
C. M. Russell Museum
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Couse Foundation in Taos
Denver Art Museum
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
El Paso Museum of Art
Harmsen Western Art Collection
John & Dolores Beck Collection
John F Eulich Collection
Joslyn Art Museum
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia
Museum of Art at Brigham Young University
Museum of New Mexico
Museum of The Southwest
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
New Mexico Museum of Art
Oregon Historical Society
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Phoenix Art Museum
Portland Art Museum
Reading Public Museum
Richmond Art Museum
Rockwell Museum of Western Art
San Diego Museum of Art
Sangre De Cristo Arts Center
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Stark Museum of Art
Taos Art Museum
The Dallas Museum of Fine Art
The Detroit Institute of Art
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The Gilcrease Institute of Art
The Harwood Museum of Art
The Hickory Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Milwaukee Art Center
The National Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution
The Philbrook Art Center
The Toledo Museum of Art
The Museum of New Mexico
University of Wyoming Art Museum
Vandeveer Spratlen Collection
Walter Bimson Western Art Collection
Westervelt-Warner Museum Of American Art
William Foxley Collection-Western
Worcester Art Museum
Eanger Irving Couse Art Works Exhibitions
Art Institute of Chicago
Boston Art Club
Charles Russell Art Show
Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC
Louisiana Purchase Expo, St. Louis World's Fair 1904
National Academy of Design
Panama Pacific Exhibition of 1915
Salmagundi Club, New York City
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1892-1893
Eanger Irving Couse Awards include:
The Altman prize, The National Academy of Design
The American Exposition, Buffalo;
The Boston Art Club,
The Corcoran Gallery
The Lippincott prize, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1921)
Silver medal, The Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco (1915)
Eanger Irving Couse Paintings:
"Elk-Foot of the Taos Tribe" (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
"Medicine Fires" (Montclair Gallery, New Jersey)
"Mending the War Bonnet"
"Roasting Corn" (1904)
"Rushing Water" (1912)
"Taos Canyon Camp"
"Taos Pueblo - Moonlight" (New Mexico Museum of Art) (1914)
"The Forest Camp" (Brooklyn Museum of Art)
"The Kachina Painter" (1917)
"The Pottery Maker" (Two Red Roses Foundation)
"The Tom-Tom Maker" (Lotos Club, New York)
"Twilight, Taos Pueblo" (1913)
"Shapanagons, a Chippewa Chief" (Detroit Museum of Art)
"Wal-si-el, Good Medicine"
"A Vision Of The Past"
"The New Rug, a.k.a./The Indian Blanket Seller"
"The Sun Worshippers"
“Call to the Dance”
“Overlooking the River”
"The Historian" 1902
"The Blanket Mender"
"Indian Love Song"
"Indian by Firelight"
"Indian Camp in the Cascade Mountains"
"Indian at Sacred Lake"
"Mending the War Bonnet"
"Roasting Corn" 1904
"Rushing Water" 1912
"Twilight, Taos Pueblo" 1913
"Taos Canyon Camp"
"Taos Pueblo - Moonlight" 1914
"A Cayuse Indian" (oil)
"Yakima Encampment" (oil)
"The Bird Jar"
"Love Song (aka Moonlight)"
"The Medicine Maker"
"Pottery Vendor" 1916
"Indianer malt eine Jagdszene"
"Camp Fire Study"
"Study for Waiting"
"White Tipi Nocturne and Chamisa"
"Umatilla Wickiup with Waiting Pony" 1897
"The Call of the Flute"
"Taos Canyon Camp"
"Indian Hunter, Late Afternoon Hondo (Late Afternoon Hondo; On the Hondo; Afternoon on the Hondo)" 1923–1926
"The flute player (Indian playing flute)" 1907
"Indian Examining a Blanket" 1922
“The First American” 1928, oil on fabric support, 46" x 35"
“A Vision of the Past” 1913, oil on canvas, 70 ¼ x 70 ¼ inches
“The Turkey Hunter” 1925, oil on fabric support, 30 x 36 inches
“Head of a Northwest Indian” c. 1900, oil on fabric mounted to masonite, 11 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches
“Last of the Chippewas – Shoppenagons” 1907 - 1911, oil on fabric support, 12 x 16 inches
“Study of Umatilla Indian, Columbia River” 1897, oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches
"Taos Pueblo—Moonlight” 1914, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches
“The Medicine Maker” n.d., oil on canvas, 23 ½ x 28 ½ inches
"The Housewife Looking at the Fisherman's Catch"
"Tree Trunk" Oil on Board, Circa 1910, 7" x 9"
"Twining Canyon, Taos" Oil on Board circa 1910 13 " x 10 "
"Mourning Her Brave" 1893, Oil on canvas, 51 x 61 inches
"Papoose" Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 18 inches
"The Weary Hunter" Oil on canvas, 24 x 29 inches
"Medicine Fire" Oil on canvas, 24 x 29 inches
"Indian Warrior Making Arrows at His Fire" after 1904, Oil on canvas, 24 x 29 inches
"Two Brothers-Cool Drink" Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches
"The Sacred Rain Bowl" Oil on canvas
"The Water Jug" Oil on Canvas, 20.25" x 24.25"
"Landscape" Oil on Canvas Board, Circa 1920, 4" x 5"
"Couse's Backyard" Oil on Panel, 6" x 5"
"Landscape - Hayfields" Oil on Canvas, 9" x 12"
"Moonlight Spring" Oil on Board, 9" x 12"
"Couse's House" Oil on Canvas Board, Circa 1910, 9.5" x 11.5"
"Aspen" Oil on Canvas Board, 9" x 11"
"Taos Landscape" Oil on Board, Circa 1920, 6" x 5"
Eanger Irving Couse Paintings On Line include:
"Taos Pueblo - Moonlight" 1914 Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in.
"The War Bonnet" n.d. oil on canvas, 24 1/8 x 29 in.
"Corn Ceremony" n.d. offset lithograph mounted on canvas 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.
"Elk-Foot of the Taos Tribe"
"Indian Seated by a Campfire"
"Indian by Firelight"
"By the Fire"
"The Pottery Decorator"
"The Pottery Maker"
Eanger Irving Couse in the Art Renewal Center
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Couse was a founder of the Taos Society of Artists,
and was elected the first president of the Society.