The Edmond Sun

February 21, 2014

Senate adds 2 landscapes to Capitol art collection


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma State Senate dedicated artwork Tuesday depicting two of Oklahoma’s most beautiful landscapes, the Wichita Mountains and the Arkansas River. The Clayton Taylor family sponsored Three Forks on the Arkansas River by Oklahoma artist Wayne Cooper. The other landscape, Wichita Mountains, was painted by famous artist Oscar Brousse Jacobson and is a gift of R.L. and Carlene Rollins.

Cooper is an internationally known artist, who specializes in Western Art. His upbringing in Oklahoma and Indian roots, are the subject of many of his artistic creations. His works, oils, water colors, charcoals, pencil, sculptures (bronzes) and lithographs are in many private and public collections worldwide, including the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Jacobsen was born in Sweden in 1882 and immigrated to Kansas in 1890 where he studied at Bethany College and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in 1908. He continued his studies at the Louvre in Paris, in Sweden and in Denmark. In 1916, he received a master of fine arts degree at Yale University and in 1941, a doctorate of fine arts from Bethany College in Lindsborg. He worked as director of the School of Art at the University of Oklahoma from 1915 to 1954. His name is synonymous with early-20th-century art in Oklahoma. 

The landscapes are a project of the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund Inc. founded by retired Sen. Charles Ford of Tulsa. Since its creation, the nonprofit has raised more than $2 million in private funds and commissioned more than 140 paintings that are showcased in the state Capitol at no expense to taxpayers. This and other art commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund Inc. can be found at http://www.oksenate.gov/senate_artwork/artwork_index_full.aspx.