Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942)
Renown for his contributions to American genre painting, Charles Courtney Curran painted remarkable scenes near his upper New York State home, in his New York City studio and on numerous world travels. He painted a variety of locales, from Adirondack landscapes to views of the imperial temples of Peking. Flowers and females often appear in these works.
A popular painter for all his life, Curran proceeded rapidly from a humble Midwest beginning to his first exhibit – displayed at the prestigious National Academy of Design – at the age of 23. He studied briefly at the Cincinnati School of Design before enrolling at the academy. From 1889 to 1891 he was tutored at Paris’ Academie Julian. The impressionist school’s emphasis of form, color and light stayed with him through his career.
Curran traveled regularly between his big city studio and rural Cragsmoor, New York home, and became known for his localized works. His international scenes were immediately in demand by American collectors, offering colorful glimpses of the world’s great vistas. They continue to be widely sought.