Dane G. Hansen Museum
Hansen Museum Makes Major Purchase
The Dane G. Hansen Museum is proud to announce the purchase of two original works of art by nationally: known artist: John Steuart Curry (1897-1946).
The museum has acquired Winchester Tornado, 1930, oil on canvas, 20" x 26" and Winchester Tornado, 1930, sepia crayon, black ink and gray ink wash on paper, 15-3/16" x 20-3/4". The drawing is clearly a preparatory study for the painting. Both works depict the similar image of the remains of a small house or cabin after a tornado had demolished the structure.
Curry is immediately identified as a leading member of the "Regionalist School" along with Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri and Grant Wood of Iowa. Born in Dunavant, Kansas, Curry began his artistic career by studying drawing with the wife of the county attorney of Oskaloosa, Kansas.
After a brief stint at the Kansas City Art Institute, he studied at the Chicago Art Institute between 1916 and 1918. In 1919 he began studying with the illustrator Harvey Dunn. Curry worked as an illustrator until 1926 when he went to Paris to study. By 1928 he had painted Baptism in Kansas, which the Whitney Museum acquired in 1930. In 1938 he received a major commission to paint decorative murals for the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. Other mural commissions include those for the Department of Justice and Department of Interior in Washington, D.C.
The Dane G. Hansen Museum made the purchase through a fine art dealer in Lincoln, NE, with a grant from the Hansen Foundation.
Above Right: Winchester Tornado, 1930, ink wash, conte crayon on paper, Initialed, 15 x 20 inches; Above Left: Winchester Tornado, 1930, oil on canvas, signed, 20 x 22 inches
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