Alexander Pernot Couard was born in New York City, New York in 1891. He was a principal student of George Bridgman at the Art Students League and also studied with modernist painter Homer Boss, a participant in the 1913 Armory Show in New York and student of Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase.
Later in his career, Couard studied with Frank Vincent DuMond, an important National Academician who perfected a relaxed style of illustrative realism well suited for a number of influential mural commissions he won after 1910.
Couard was a member of the Society of Independent Artists and a member of the Brooklyn Water Color Club. Couard enjoyed exhibitions of his oil painting and watercolors at the Salons of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Society of Independent Artists.
Couard often visited Florida after the 1940s, traveling throughout the State capturing the exotic, tropical landscape and topographies in series of watercolors and paintings that often incorporate geographic place names in their titles.
Alexander Pernot Couard died in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1960. His work is included in the collection of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida.
Written and submitted by Gary R. Libby, author of Reflections II: Watercolors of Florida 1835-2000