Henry Cooper (1906- 2002)

Untiled girl in pink dress

Untiled girl in pink dress

Artist Henry Cooper was born Gregor Kiperman in the Ukrane in 1906. He relocated to the United States with his family eventually settling in Philadelphia. He attended the PAFA in the 1920's and won awards to study abroad in 1927 and 1928. Upon his return to Philadelphia Cooper exhibited some of his works in local galleries. In 1934 and 35 he also had work exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts. During his lifetime Henry Cooper became known as a portrait painter having painted over 1200 portraits. Eventually, Cooper relocated to Baltimore where a number of his portraits remain on display. His portrait of Golda Meir hangs in Jerusalem.

In 2004 the City of Philadelphia began cataloguing works of art held in the city's schools. They catalogued over 11oo pieces . Among Pennsylvania's impressionists such as Walter Baum , Edward Schofield and others they list Henry Cooper.

In addition to the Board of Education , Henry Cooper's works are in the collections of the PAFA and Allentown museums.

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sources:

Who Was Who in American Art

Philadelphia Inquirer  June 25, 2004

Jewish Times Baltimore Md., Nov.5, 2002

Maryland State Archives