Charles Courtney Curran : Seeking the Ideal
February 20 - May 17, 2015
Charles Curran's heart was claimed by women, children, and flowers, and he devoted a lifetime to painting them in the full light of day out-of-doors. "What normal human being," he wrote, "can see a garden full of flowers in bloom or a hillside sprinkled with nature's own decorations, the wild flowers, without an emotion of joy?" His goal as a painter was to capture that joy on canvas. Seeking the Ideal brings together 58 Curran masterpieces sure to astonish with their jewel-like color, soaring vistas and garden landscapes, and love for beauty.
Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, with the Frick Art & Historical Center and the Columbia Museum of Art.
Who wouldn’t want to be a Victorian lady, wrapped in the finest silk and chiffon? (Well, actually, if you believe in women’s rights, pants, and anti-child labor laws, quite a few people. But that’s a different essay.) The women in Charles Courtney Curran’s paintings look seductively perfect and pristine: they have smooth skin, beautifully coiffed hair, and are outfitted in the latest fashions.Learn More