Thomas R. Curtin (American, 1899-1977) painting of birches in autumn. Oil on canvas. Size: 24 inches x 30 inches. Circa 1960s. Bearing the stamp of the artist's estate in the lower right and on the reverse, together with the estate inventory #314. In this painting, Thomas Curtin has captured the glory of a sunny autumnal day, where sunlight glints from the curling bark of a stand of white birch trees and contrasts with the bright oranges and yellows of Vermont sugar maples. Excellent condition and recently cleaned. Offered in a simple, vintage gilt frame. 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.'