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Thomas R. Curtin painting - The White Horse

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The White Horse - Thomas R. Curtin (American, 1899-1977), oil on canvas, 24 inches x 30 inches. Circa 1960's. Unsigned, but bearing the stamp of the Thomas R. Curtin Estate on the reverse, together with the estate's inventory number 167. In this appealing painting, Thomas Curtin has portrayed a farmer buck sawing a felled tree, whilst the viewer's attention is drawn to his white draft horse, which serves as the focal point of this work. The scene is completed by a row of village houses, with the bright colors of autumn and dappled light filtering through the large maple tree, a technique in which Curtin excelled. 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. Curtin found a mentor and friend in John F. Carlson, whose influence is apparent in Curtin's paintings. Curtin spent a great deal of his time painting on Cape Anne, in the coastal communities of Gloucester and Rockport, and he became affiliated with the North Shore Artists Association, where he befriended the painters Emile Gruppe and Aldro Hibbard. In the 1940's, Curtin began spending part of his summers on Vinalhaven, the legendary island of painters on the coast of Maine, and also commenced trips to Vermont. In 1957, Curtin moved to the rural village of Jeffersonville, VT, where he continued his tradition of landscape painting 'en plein air.' Condition: excellent with minor professional touch-up of scattered losses (conservation report available). Originally purchased from and retaining a label of Clarke Galleries, which originally represented the Thomas Curtin Estate.