Coutts Memorial Museum of Art houses over one thousand objects
of art, including original paintings, sculptures, prints and
drawings. Art works for the museum were purchased mainly by
Warren Hall Coutts, Jr. who traveled extensively and purchased
works from art auctions all over the world. The collection includes
works from Russia, China, France, Holland, England and South
America. It has been enriched also by numerous donations of
art by friends of the Coutts family.
delightful aspect of the museum is the atmosphere. Visitors
have the feeling of being in a private collector's home, instead
of a museum. Tasteful antique furnishings, some of which belonged
to the Coutts family, antique Persian rugs and artful arrangements
set the mood for leisurely, relaxed browsing.
Dining Room Area
Coutts Museum has several wonderful examples of the Rococo style.
Prized possessions include Empress Josepine, a
painting with a possibly very interesting history, by an unknown
French artist and
a still life by Georges Jeannin titled Floral Study.
Both paintings were purchased by Mr. Coutts in Paris.
Study" - Georges Jeannin
Collection offers a wide range of contemporary work starting
with a marvelous collection of Prairie Printmakers' works including
Seward, Foltz, Capps, Hotvedt, N.B. Hall, A.W. Hall, Thomas
Hart Benton and Birger Sandzen. The gallery is proud to house
the largest Makk collection in the United States. Americo and
Eva Makk and son A.B. are a world renowned family of painters
whose achievements include numerous international awards, four
presidential portrait commissions and exhibitions in the rotunda
of the U.S. Senate and for the Carnegie Endowment. Kansas comtemporary
artists such as Robert Carver, Charles Sanderson, Frederic James,
J.R. Hamil, Charles Rogers and James Fallier are also well represented.
Clouds" - Birger Sandzen
particular interest to many visitors is the Western art section
of the gallery which boasts of the largest collection of Frederic
Remington bronzes in Kansas. Coming Through the Rye, Remington's
most popular multi-figured work, is especially memorable in
its jubilance of off-duty cowboys. As impressive are the Charles
M. Russell and Frank Tenny Hoffman sculptures.
Through the Rye" - Frederic Remington
important part of the Coutts Museum is the work of local artists.
Included in this section is the artwork of Coutts Scholarship
recipients. Since 1978, a scholarship committee from the museum
has awarded substantial art scholarships to deserving art students
at Butler Community College in El Dorado, and law and art students
at Washburn University in Topeka.