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Curry, John Steuart,

1897–1946, American painter, b. Dunavant, Jefferson co., Kans. He spent his youth on his father's farm. In 1916 he entered the Kansas City Art Institute and later studied in Chicago and New York and in Paris. His early paintings of Kansas life, such as Baptism in Kansas, aroused interest by their simple and authentic character. He often chose typically American subject matter, from rural life to circus scenes, which he depicted with a dramatic flair. In addition to his oil paintings he is well known for his murals, such as those in the Dept. of Justice Building in Washington, D.C., and the statehouse in Topeka, Kans.


See L. E. Schmeckebier, John Steuart Curry's Pageant of America (1943).

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Caption: John Steuart Curry "End Run," lithograph (1938)
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Regionalism was a significant style in American painting exemplified by the rural and small town scenes of Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry.
Others in this movement were Grant Wood, most famous for his American Gothic, and John Steuart Curry, who painted life in his native Kansas.
Associated American Artists: Art by Subscription features over 70 limited-edition, original wood engravings, etchings, aquatints and mezzotints created by some of America's most recognizable artists, including Peggy Bacon, Thomas Hart Benton, John Costigan, Miguel Covarrubias, John Steuart Curry, Mabel Dwight, Doris Lee, Luigi Lucioni, Reginald Marsh, Sam Thal and Grant Wood.
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America's Most Wanted, a 19th-century-ish narrative landscape, carries much the same political meaning for progressive art today as did the picturesque Regionalism of '30s painters like Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, and John Steuart Curry, all of them reviled as reactionaries by the people's artists of the day.
Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb, and Roy Bedichek, Lewis Mumford and his circle in the Northeast, Maria Sandoz and artists John Steuart Curry, Grant Wood, and Thomas Hart Benton in the Midwest, and those of the Santa Fe and Taos artist colonies in New Mexico, to name a few - came to see themselves as regionalists, defenders of traditional culture against the destabilizing forces of modernity.
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