Mount Gorgonio, California
Oil on canvas
60 x 70.5 cm
Signed; also signed on reverse and inscribed Mount
Gordon Coutts was a Scottish born artist who trained at the Glasgow School of Art and the Académie Julian, Paris, before coming to Melbourne where he studied at the National Gallery School from 1891 to 1893. In 1896 he moved to Sydney where he taught at the Art Society of New South Wales until 1899.
In 1902 he moved to San Francisco where he became a member and frequent exhibitor at the Bohemian Club. Always an inveterate traveller he spent time in Paris, Spain and Tangier where he maintained a studio for many years. He received a gold medal at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo in 1909 and at the Paris Salon in 1913. Over the years he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, the Paris Salons and many American International Exhibitions. Suffering from tuberculosis he moved to Palm Springs in 1924. He built a Moroccan style villa to recreate a favourite place in Tangier. “Dar Marroc” is still a well known local landmark and is now part of the Korakia boutique hotel. Winston Churchill and Sir John Lavery were among the many celebrities to visit Dar Marroc. Gordon Coutts died in Palm Springs in 1937