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American Painter Charles Courtney Curran - A Gallery

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"On the Cliff", by Charles Courtney Curran - 1910

This is such a beautiful painting.  The time period is reflected in the way the ladies and girl have done their hair.  Women wore their hair "up", while the girls wore it down and flowing.  I love the blue in the sky, and white dresses.

This is such a beautiful painting. The time period is reflected in the way the ladies and girl have done their hair. Women wore their hair "up", while the girls wore it down and flowing. I love the blue in the sky, and white dresses.

Finding Charles Courtney Curran

Other than some initial pieces I have seen in an art class, and in museums, I never really realized how much I liked Charles Courtney Curran's work until I looked up other paintings. Recently, while I was researching something completely different, I came across one of Curran's beautiful paintings. So luckily, I was reminded of his paintings and looked up the rest while it was fresh in my mind.

I am inspired by these pieces of elegant art, and wanted to share them with others that may not have ever seen them before. That is the inspiration for this simple gallery. I hope you like them as much as I do.

This hub shows just a sampling of Curran's work. You will see a lot of very bright white, and light pieces that are simply stunning, in my opinion. You will also see, however, a few pieces that go to darker colors, or the subjects in the painting are in the dark or night. So he has quite a range in his painting.

Some Basic Information about Charles Courtney Curran

Charles Courtney Curran was born in Kentucky, USA. He lived from 1861 to 1942. His most well known works include women in various settings, painted on canvas. His father was a teacher in Kentucky. Not long after Charles' birth, the Civil War began. At that time, the family moved to Sandusky, Ohio, and lived on the shores of Lake Erie.

Charles Curran showed an early talent for art. By the time he was twenty years old, he went to Cincinnati for art school. Soon after that he went on to New York to study at the National Academy of Design.

For some of his paintings, Curran used his family members as models, along the shore of Lake Erie. This answered a question I had about who some of the different women were.

Curran was married to Grace, and they moved to Paris where their first child was born. They were there a few years before returning back to the States. Later, the family relocated to the Shawangunk Mountains which is about one hundred miles northwest of New York City. He was very inspired there, and built a home there. It is said he was surrounded by incredible scenery and native flora. Later, he died in New York City, in 1942.

"Lotus Lilies" by Charles Courtney Curran - 1889

An exquisite painting of ladies in a boat with lotus blossoms all around.  A very gorgeous piece of art!  Oil on canvas, and in the collection of Daniel J. Terra.  Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago, Illinois.

An exquisite painting of ladies in a boat with lotus blossoms all around. A very gorgeous piece of art! Oil on canvas, and in the collection of Daniel J. Terra. Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago, Illinois.

"Breakfast for Three" by Charles Courtney Curran - 1909

Another very beautiful Oil on Canvas, in the High Museum of Art.  I recall seeing this painting for the first time, and remarking to myself, wow, this is so beautiful.  Look at the looks on their faces.  Just peaceful and happy, tranquil.

Another very beautiful Oil on Canvas, in the High Museum of Art. I recall seeing this painting for the first time, and remarking to myself, wow, this is so beautiful. Look at the looks on their faces. Just peaceful and happy, tranquil.

Charles Courtney Curran - Some Final Thoughts

The above painting, "Breezy Day", is one to point out in particular. It was created in 1887, and was part of a collection of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Breezy Day won the Third Hallgarten Prize for oils from the NAD, in 1888. The flowing white sheets in the breeze, are simply beautiful. The women in the grass, while so simple, is so elegant and lovely.

As for my overall "take" on Charles Courtney Curran, I am simply blown away. It is hard to say why exactly, but I truly love his work. It has a depth to it, and a simplicity all at the same time. Just when I thought it was going to be a majority of skies and flowers and women, along come some other pieces that you can tell were inspired by a whole different location, and activity.

The faces, and the way he captured their moods in the different pieces, allows the viewer to nearly feel the same thing the subjects are. Little things like the goldenrod flowers in the one picture, to the lanterns in the other, have a way of making me remember them. It is hard to explain.

Having been through Kansas a few times, often the sky and clouds do look that blue, and that beautiful. I feel fortunate to have found this artist and am so happy to view the world through his lens, even if just for a little bit. He is an incredible artist.

As for my favorite from this grouping of pieces, it is too hard to pick one. I will say that some of my favorites here are The Boulder, Lotus Lilies, Breakfast for Three, and In the Luxembourg Garden. That said, if you ask me on another day, I may have some other favorites. They are all wonderful to me.

Poll- Charles Courtney Curran

Longer Video with Classical Music Showing Curran's Art

Locations Charles Courtney Curran lived, studied and worked.

© 2015 Paula

Comments

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 29, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, and I would agree that it reminds me a little bit of Monet. I do see some differences of course, but some of it is similar.

Julianistwee on January 14, 2018:

Beautiful, Monet used also that coloring

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 24, 2016:

Hello, Charito. I am so glad you came across my hub and were able to enjoy some of Charles Courtney Curran's art. I love all the ones you mentioned. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on October 12, 2015:

Hi. I never heard of Charles Courtney Curran until I read this hub.

Yes, his paintings of the women are elegant. I like "Summer Clouds", "Lotus Lilies", and "Breakfast for Three".

Interesting artist. Thanks for featuring him, Paula.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 20, 2015:

Hi Ron, it makes me so happy you liked the art to look at the gallery twice! That is how I was when I first saw some of his work also. I recall wondering, "why have I not heard of this artist before?" So it makes me so glad to share it. Thank you for your comment!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 20, 2015:

Hello Audrey, I think Curran's work is beautiful too! He has such a unique way with art, and the images really stood out to me. Glad to share him so others can know as well! Thank you for the comment and visit, and share!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 20, 2015:

Hi Patricia, I am so glad you also think these photos are outstanding, as I do! I was not familiar either, but I loved his work, so learned about him and just had to share. Love the angels, and thank you for your sharing, reading, commenting, , etc! I truly appreciate it.

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on January 20, 2015:

This is an artist of whom I had not heard before. I really got caught up in the examples you share - I went through the gallery twice. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing it.

Audrey Howitt from California on January 20, 2015:

Beautiful work! I love the light and movement in his works--and this was an artist that I don't know--Thank you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 20, 2015:

These are simply outstanding. I am not familiar with this artist but now will be checking our library so I can see more. Some of them are so vivid as to appear as photographs.

thanks for the introduction.

Angels are on the way to you today. ps

Nothing makes me happier than to read on a particular day and find a number of hubs to share. Today has been one of those days.

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Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 16, 2015:

Hello Grand Old Lady, I agree with you about the colors and being a great American artist. The one of the Lotus Lilies is a favorite of mine as well, and I wouldn't mind having one of those either! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on January 16, 2015:

He's a great American artist. I love his choice of colors. The Lotus Lilies are truly enchanting. Wish I had that one.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 09, 2015:

Hello Blossom, I agree, that he is so talented but somewhat unknown to the average person. I also agree that it seems his favorite thing to paint was females of all ages. He did branch out some, but not too much that I can see. He did many other works that are not seen here, but can be seen in the video, and I am sure other places. Thank you for the comment and visit.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on January 09, 2015:

I'd never heard of him before, but he's so talented. Love the paintings, although he seemed to greatly prefer to paint young women and girls.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 09, 2015:

Hello Ann, I am so glad you liked this hub! It is great to learn of such great painters as Mr. Curran, because of the beauty he shared with the world. I agree, that painting with the lotus blossoms is absolutely gorgeous! So glad you stopped by and commented, thank you!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 09, 2015:

Hello Dbro, it makes me happy to know of this artist and share the information. I am glad you made the comments you did, being an artist yourself. The luminous quality you mention is part of what I love so much, as well as the subject matter. Things like this that take one back to a gentler and simpler time are wonderful. Thank you for your comment.

Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on January 08, 2015:

What a great hub! I really enjoyed it. I never have heard of this painter but I really like him. I think my favorite is the two girls in the boat around the lotus blossoms - absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for bringing this painter to life for us!

Dbro from Texas, USA on January 08, 2015:

What a beautiful article, Paula! Thanks so much for sharing the work of this talented artist. I have seen some of these paintings in the past, but did not know about the artist. As an artist myself, I can appreciate the luminous quality Mr. Curran achieved in his work. I really like his subject matter too. His paintings seem to evoke a simpler, more gentle time - something I think many of us yearn for.