Eanger Irving Couse / Resources


Museum Collection

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, New Mexico
American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection, Denver, Colorado
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, New York
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas
Taos Art Museum, Taos, New Mexico
Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma


Bickerstaff, Laura MPioneer Artists of Taos, revised and enlarged edition. Denver, CO: Old West Publishing Co., 1983.
Broder, Patricia. Taos: The Painter’s Dream.  Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1980.
Leavitt, Virginia CouseEanger Irving Couse, Image Maker for America.  Albuquerque, NM: The Albuquerque Museum, 1991.
Leavitt, Virginia Couse.  “Eanger Irving Couse,” Artists of Michigan from the Nineteenth Century. Muskegon, MI: The Muskegon Museum of Art, 1987.
Nelson, Mary CarrollThe Legendary Artists of Taos. New York: Watson-Guptill, 1980.
Peck, James. “A Defining Moment: William Bouguereau and the Education of Eanger Irving Couse,” In the Studios of Paris: William Bouguereau and his American Students. Tulsa, OK: Philbrook Museum of Art, 2006.
Porter, Dean, et al.  Taos Artists and Their Patrons, 1898-1950.  University of Notre Dame: Snite Museum of Art, 1999.
Troccoli, Joan CarpenterPainters and the American West: The Anschutz Collection.  New Haven: Denver Art Museum and Yale University Press, 2001.
Woloshuk, NicholasE. Irving Couse (Santa Fe: Santa Fe Village Art Museum, 1976).

Awards, Honors and Affiliations

Born—Saginaw Michigan, 1866. Pupil: Art Institute, Chicago; Nation Academy of Design, New York; Julian Academy, Paris, under Bouguereau, T. Robert Fleury and Ferrier; Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris.

School Awards
Eliot Silver Medal, Antique Class, National Academy of Design, N.Y., 1884.
Suydam Bronze Medal, Life Class, National Academy of Design, N.Y., 1885.
Concours de Dessin Prix, Julian Academy, Paris, 1887.
Concours de Tete, Prix et Medaille, Julian Academy, Paris, 1888.
Concours de Esquisse Prix, Julian Academy, Paris, 1888-89.

Elected Member
Associate, National Academy of Design, N.Y., 1902.
National Academician, National Academy of Design, 1911.
American Water Color Society, 1900.
New York Water Color Club, 1901.
Artist Fund Society, 1902.
Allied Artists of America.
New York Society of Painters.
Taos Society of Artists.
American Artists’ Professional League.

Lotus Club, New York, (Life).
National Arts Club, New York, (Life).
Salmagundi Club, New York.

Shaw Prize for Black and White, Salmagundi Club, 1899.
Honorable Mention, Paris Exposition, 1900.
Second Hallgarten Prize $200. National Academy, N.Y., 1900.
First Hallgarten Prize $300. National Academy, N.Y., 1902.
Honorable Mention, Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901.
Proctor Prize $300, Salmagundi Club, N.Y., 1900.
Osborn Competition Prize $500, 1903.
Two Bronze Medals, for Oil and Water Color, St. Louis Exposition, 1904.
Lotus Club Purchase Prize, 1910.
Isidor Gold Medal, National Academy of Design, 1911.
Carnegie Prize $500, National Academy of Design, 1912.
Silver Medal, Panama Pacific Exposition, California, 1915.
Lippincott Prize, Penns Academy of Fine Arts, 1921.
Ranger Fund Purchase, 1921.


Statement of Purpose

Through its archives, collections, and programming, the Couse-Sharp Historic Site preserves and interprets Taos’ crossroads of cultures, promoting and facilitating research, education, and new perspectives on the Taos Society of Artists, early artists of Taos, and regional and Indigenous communities in relation to the greater story of the multicultural American West.