Original Water Color by renowned artist Mario Ruben Cooper - Loading the Wounded. Excellent color and detail. Frame measures approximately 12 5/8" x 16 5/8" water color 9 1/2" x 13 1/2".
Mario Cooper (1905 - 1995) excelled in many roles. His years in illustration showed his deep commitment to the magic that is design and his appreciation of research. (He once built an entire cardboard staircase, complete with banister and balusters, so that he could be sure of how the light and shadows would play on it.) Born in Mexico City in 1905, his American father brought the family to the United States to avoid threats of the escalating Mexican revolution. He got his first taste of art while in Mexico. Later, his insatiable appetite for research set the stage for new "points of view" in his work, such as looking down from a balcony or stair landing, or leaning out a window. In the 1930s, when he was teaching illustration at Columbia University in New York City, sculpture classes caught his eye.
During his prestigious career, he was an illustrator and sculptor but was best known as a watercolorist, a medium in which he not only painted but about which he also taught and wrote extensively.
His illustrations were regularly published in Collier's, American Weekly, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire magazines. He taught at The Pratt Institute and the Grand Central School of Art and was president of the American Watercolor Society from 1959 to 1986. He also authored "Flower Painting in Water Color" and a number other books on watercolor painting techniques.
Cooper exhibited widely and a medal in his name is awarded by the American Watercolor Society. He died in New York City in 1995.
Illustration was his love and he became known for interpretations of stories by such authors as Agatha Christie, Clarence Buddington Kelland, Erich Maria Remarque, and many others. He even did illustrations for a story titled "The Cardinal's Mistress." The author was little known in the United States, though he was known in Rome. His name was Benito Mussolini. Unfortunately, it wasn't too long until Americans did get to know that name – but not as an author.
Mario taught illustration at Pratt Institute when the world was recovering from World War II. The United States Air Force had now come of age and in 1950 instituted the U.S. Air Force Art Program to document the ongoing history of military aviation and aeronautics. In 1953, the Air Force made a pact with the Society: In exchange for transportation and a per diem, the illustrators would donate their artwork to the Air Force. In 1954 Mario Cooper was assigned a plane with crew of seven, as well as a courtesy rank of Brigadier General. He made visits to Asia, Europe, Africa, and Alaska, accompanied by members of the Society. NASA also enlisted aid from the Society for art about America's space program, including the moon landing, exploration, etc. One of the paintings Mario donated is of a missile launch, done from sketches and photos taken at Cape Canaveral. A majority of his work is in the Pentagon and at the Smithsonian Institute.
Inventory Number: PAI 005