“Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal” at the Dixon 

First major retrospective of Impressionist since 1942.

click to enlarge Charles Courtney Curran, The Golden Profile - NORTON MUSEUM OF ART, WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, GIFT OF MR. AND MRS. WILEY R. REYNOLDS, SR.
  • Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley R. Reynolds, Sr.
  • Charles Courtney Curran, The Golden Profile

Cragsmoor, a tiny mountain art colony founded in the late 19th century atop the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County, New York, was created as a peaceful, unspoiled refuge for artists looking to escape the industrial creep of the modern world and reconnect with nature. Residents of the colony included explorer/painter Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh, renowned landscape artist George Inness Jr., and the Kentucky-born Impressionist, Charles Courtney Curran, a figure and landscape painter who is receiving his first major retrospective since 1942, courtesy of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. In 1906, a journalist described the Cragsmoor colony as "a harmonious community, active-minded and deeply interested in the best art, literature, drama, and music ... people who have seen the world far and wide, yet they find the charms of Cragsmoor undimmed by comparison." The writer could just as well have been describing the life depicted in Curran's luminous paintings which bring modern decorative elements to paintings that are somehow nostalgic, whatever the style or medium being employed by the Paris-trained Curran.

Curran specialized in landscapes, often placing smartly dressed women against dramatic cloud-filled skies, surrounded by fields, gardens, forests, mountains, streams, and other idealized visions of the Cragsmoor colony.

click to enlarge Charles Courtney Curran, Afternoon in the Cluny Garden Paris - FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO, BEQUEST OF CONSTANCE COLEMAN RICHARDSON
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Bequest of Constance Coleman Richardson
  • Charles Courtney Curran, Afternoon in the Cluny Garden Paris

"Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal" is a touring exhibit originating from the Dixon. It showcases Curran's garden imagery by assembling 60 significant paintings and drawings from various public and private collections around the country. After its closing at the Dixon, "Seeking the Ideal" travels to the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh and then to the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina.

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