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On the Heights

Charles Courtney Curran

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Many of the paintings, such as this one, that Charles Courtney Curran completed during his summers at the Cragsmoor art colony near Ellenville, New York, reflect the genteel, idyllic nature of the community, and show figures set within the picturesque landscape of the area. Here, three idealized young women are silhouetted against a sunlit sky as they perch on a boulder. Curran’s treatment of bright summer skies, which often took up the greatest portion of his compositions, became a hallmark of his paintings from Cragsmoor.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1909
DIMENSIONS 30 1/16 x 30 1/16 in. (76.4 x 76.4 cm) Frame: 44 3/8 x 44 3/8 x 1 1/4 in. (112.7 x 112.7 x 3.2 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left on rock: "Chas. C. Curran/1909" Signed lower right: "Chas. C. Curran./1909"
CREDIT LINE Gift of George D. Pratt
CAPTION Charles Courtney Curran (American, 1861-1942). On the Heights, 1909. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 30 1/16 in. (76.4 x 76.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George D. Pratt, 24.110 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 24.110_colorcorrected_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 24.110_colorcorrected_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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