Thomas R. Curtin (American, 1899-1977) - Crashing Surf seascape. Oil on canvas. Circa. 1950's. Canvas size: 30 inches X 36 inches. Excellent condition and offered in what is most likely the original carved silver leaf frame. Signed by artist in lower right. In this large canvas, Thomas Curtin has rendered a dramatic scene of waves crashing along a rocky coast. The subject is probably either along the Massachusetts North Shore or on Vinalhaven, an island on the coast of Maine. Both were locations where Curtin spent much time painting the rocky coast lines. This is the largest marine painting by the artist that we have offered for sale, and it is a wonderful example of Curtin's mastery of a complex color palette in his capturing of the texture of foam on the crest of the waves and their translucent appearance. Thomas Curtin was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He studied at the prestigious National Academy of Design and Art Students League, both in New York City. Here Curtin found a mentor and friend in the artist John Carlson by whom he was greatly influenced. Curtin spent much time painting on Cape Ann in the coastal communities of Gloucester and Rockport, and he became affiliated with the North Shore Artists Association, where he became friends with Emile Gruppe and Aldro Hibbard. Beginning in the mid-1940s, Curtin began to spend part of his summers in Vinalhaven, the legendary island of painters on the coast of Maine. In 1957, Curtin moved to Cambridge, Vermont, where he continued his landscape painting 'en plein air.'