Thomas R. Curtin (American, 1899-1977) - Red Barn in Early Autumn. Oil on canvas. Circa 1960. Canvas Size: 24 inches x 30 inches. Estate stamped signature in the lower right and on the reverse with the estate stamp. Excellent condition and recently professionally cleaned. Offered in a contemporary carved and gilded Arts and Crafts style frame. In this work Curtin has depicted a farm house with large red barn in early autumn, with a furrowed field of recently harvested corn stalk stumps, which overlooks a broad valley with mountainous skyline in the distance. 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.'