"Paris Afternoon" oil on canvas 24"x30" Charles Cobelle, born Carl Edelman (1902-1994) was a modern French master of painting, lithography and a fine muralist, who was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France. He is considered the last link to the great tradition of the Open Line School of Paris. He began his career in Paris after earning Bachelor and Master's Degrees at the University of Munich. Later he studied at the L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and with Marc Chagall. At Menton on the Riviera, he apprenticed with Raoul Dufy. By the 1950s, spurred by the commercial success of his mentor, Dufy, Cobelle had achieved phenomenal success commercially with his Parisian-influenced style. His designs graced a number of pottery patterns for various companies, including Midwinter Stylecraft, Universal Potteries and Homer Laughlin. He created advertising illustrations for everything from hosiery to French perfume and created a number of murals throughout the country such as The Painted Desert Room of the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, Neiman-Marcus in Dallas and on the cruise ships of the Holland America Line. His work is also in the collection of the Hartford Atheneum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum and the private collection of Howard Hughes.