Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942)

  • Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942)
  • Portrait of Ulysses T. Curran (father of the artist), 1885
  • Oil on canvas
  • 17 x 12 inches
  • Signed, dated 1885, and inscribed NY, lower right
  • Wooden frame carved by Ulysses Curran, Signed verso

The painter Charles Courtney Curran was well known for his sunlit portraits of women and girls. While academicians have aligned his style with the leading movements of the era (as he is most often classified as a realist and an impressionist) Curran more than any other artist fostered a style based on assimilation. In his paintings, Curran merged a cosmopolitan sensibility with his midwestern background, and incorporated elements of his diverse training in both America and France. Throughout the 1880's, Curran trained in New York at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, before spending three years in Paris at the Académie Julian. In his paintings one can quickly see the ways in which influences of naturalism and symbolism were fused with the plein-air style of both French and American Impressionism. With great talent and versatility, Curran quickly established a unique and steadfast stylistic sensibility that evades adherence to a specific movement. Curran retained his clear vision and pursued it unwaveringly throughout the art-world upheavals that came with the fin de siècle and the advent of modernism.

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Charles Courtney Curran Portrait of Ulysses T. Curran (father of the artist), 1885
Charles Courtney Curran Portrait of Ulysses T. Curran (father of the artist), 1885