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Artist: Charles Courtney Curran (American, 1861 - 1942)

Date: 1889
Medium: Watercolor on paper
Overall: 6 3/4 x 5in. (17.1 x 12.7cm)
Signed: l.r.:'Chas.C.Curran Paris'89'
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 75.87
Label Text
Charles Curran enjoyed considerable popularity and financial success during his life as a painter of fashionable women, which he depicted in the "academic" Impressionist style many American artists used in the late-19th and early-20 centuries.

He was born in Kentucky and spent his early years in Ohio before moving to New York City where he studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. In 1883, at the age of 23, he exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design for the first time. Six years later he traveled to Paris where he studied for two years at the Academie Julien where many American art students were then enrolled. In Paris Curran painted this charming watercolor portrait, which he executed in a manner reminiscent of the stipple technique seen in portrait miniatures on ivory.

In 1903 Curran first visited Cragsmoor, an art center in the Hudson River Valley near Ellenville, New York. In subsequently years he became a prominent member of this artists' colony. During his long and productive career he also taught for a time at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

This watercolor was originally owned by Frederick Havermeyer of New York. He was the father of Henry Osborne Havemeyer who, with his wife Louisine, were pioneering American patrons of art at the turn of the 19th century and important benefactors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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