Ralph Curtis "girl with a fan" oil on board provenance Hirschl Adler Galleies the artists estate. Measuring approx. 9 x 12 in excellent condition a fine addition to any collection.
Biography, Born in Boston in 1854, the son of Daniel Sargent Curtis and Ariana Wormeley Randolf Curtis. Educated at Harvard College where he and a friend were cofounders of the "Lampoon". Curtis owed his artistic start to his parents who bought the Palazzo Barbaro on the Grand Canal, Venice. This soon became a meeting place for English and American artists including Henry James and Isabella Stewart Gardener. After graduation Curtis went to Europe to join his family and eventually took up residence in Paris, where he studied at the Academe Julian under Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. Curtis became close friends with his distant cousin John Singer Sargent.
Much like Sargent he documented the attractive scenes of modern day life that could be found all around him in Venice. He was a master of the effects of light on water, much like his French counterparts and had an illustrator's accuracy for draftsmanship, honed by Parisian training. He was known for landscapes, portraits [famous people], Venice, interiors, rivers, cities and coast.In 1880 Curtis and Sargent went to Holland to paint together after which Curtis returned to his parents home, the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice, the crossroads of art and society.He won honorable mention in the 1889 Expo. Curtis remained abroad after completing his training in Paris, spending his summers in Venice. He died in 1922.