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Thomas R. Curtin painting - Covered Bridge, Vermont


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Thomas R. Curtin (American, 1899-1977) painting - Covered Bridge, Waterville, Vermont. Oil on canvas board. Circa 1960. Size: 16 inches x 20 inches. Estate stamped lower right and on the reverse, together with the estate inventory #084. Excellent condition and recently cleaned. Offered in an antique lemon gold frame. On the verso is a descriptive Clarke Galleries 1991 Summer Exhibition label, which is signed by Jack Curtin, Executor of the Estate of Thomas R. Curtin. In this birds-eye view looking down into the valley at Waterville, VT, in winter, Thomas Curtin has used a pastel palette of pink, lavender, blue, green and brown to reveal the covered bridge nestled within the surrounding hills. Curtin was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He studied at the prestigious National Academy of Design and Art Students League, both in New York City. Here Curtin found a mentor and friend in the artist John Carlson by whom he was greatly influenced. Curtin spent much time painting on Cape Ann in the coastal communities of Gloucester and Rockport, and he became affiliated with the North Shore Artists Association, where he became friends with Emile Gruppe and Aldro Hibbard. Beginning in the mid-1940s, Curtin began to spend part of his summers in Vinalhaven, the legendary island of painters on the coast of Maine. In 1957, Curtin moved to Cambridge, Vermont, where he continued his landscape painting 'en plein air.'