Girl in a Straw Bonnet, dated 1886
oil on canvas, 12" x 9", signed lower right
A fine work by one of the most important artists of the Cragsmoor art colony on the Hudson River. Curran was born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio. He studied at the Cincinnati School of Design, then in New York at the Art Students League and the National Academy, and then in Paris from 1889 to 1891. He first went to Cragsmoor in 1903 and in 1910 established his studio there. He is best known for his paintings of lovely young women on the cliffs overlooking the valley.
Curran was a member of the National Academy, the Lotos Club, the MacDowell Club, Allied Artists, and the American Watercolor Society. He won numerous awards including at the National Academy, the Paris Salon, the Columbian Exposition, and the Salmagundi Club. His work is in the collections of the National Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the Pennsylvania Academy, the Metropolitan, and many more.
Charles Courtney Curran, N.A. (1861 - 1942)
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