PITTSBURGH, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, October 30, the exhibition Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal opens at the Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh. Celebrated for his sparkling canvases of women in outdoor settings, Charles Courtney Curran (1861–1942) brought the broken brushstrokes and sun-drenched palette of Impressionist painting to a distinctly American landscape, capturing the dappled sunlight, deep shadows, and scudding clouds of locations on Lake Erie and in the mountain hamlet of Cragsmoor, New York. Even if his name is unfamiliar, Curran's work is likely known by many Americans. Particularly recognizable are his early painting, Lotus Lilies (1888), and his later work On the Heights (1909).
Curran was popular with American collectors at the turn of the 20th century, including Henry Clay Frick, who purchased one of his works. The exhibition spans nearly five decades of Curran's productive career—from early genre scenes of the 1880s showing children at play and women doing household chores; to later work, which further developed his interest in depicting the figure outdoors. Lenders to the exhibition, which is composed of 59 paintings, include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Art & Historical Center, and many other public and private collections. Admission is free.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue, which is available for purchase in the Frick Museum Store. The price of the catalogue is $26 ($23.40 for Frick members).
Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal is organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis. The exhibition was recently shown at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens before traveling to the Frick. After its closing at the Frick, the exhibition will travel to Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina.
More information about the exhibition and related public programs is available at www.TheFrickPittsburgh.org.
SOURCE Frick Art & Historical Center