Books for Art Lovers > No one is better qualified to publish the richly illustrated, 400-page volume Eanger Irving Couse: The Life and Times of an American Artist, 1866–1936 than his granddaughter, the art historian Virginia Couse Leavitt.
Enjoying unique access to her family’s archives, she has produced the first scholarly exploration of Couse’s lifelong interest in Native American cultures, his upbringing in Michigan, his academic training under William Bouguereau in Paris, and his eventual relocation to Taos, New Mexico.
There, in 1915, he helped found the Taos Society of Artists, serving as its first president and producing hundreds of superb Southwestern landscapes and respectful depictions of Pueblo Indians.
Particularly insightful is the correspondence of Couse’s wife, Virginia Walker, who was an art student in Paris when the couple met.
Eanger Irving Couse: The Life and Times of an American Artist, 1866–1936 is available on Amazon and through the University of Oklahoma Press.
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