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The Coutts Memorial Museum of Art
110 N. Main, El Dorado, KS 67042
(316) 321-1212


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by Terri Scott

The 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.

One 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
The Dining Room Area


The 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.

"Floral Study"
"Floral Study" - Georges Jeannin


The 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.

"Golden Clouds"
"Golden Clouds" - Birger Sandzen


Of 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.

"Coming Through the Rye"
"Coming Through the Rye" - Frederic Remington


An 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.

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