Thomas R. Curtin (American, 1899-1977) - Vermont Village in Winter. Oil on masonite. Size: 12 inches x 16 inches. Artist signed in lower left. Circa 1960's. Offered in as-found condition and would benefit from a professional cleaning. The barn-board frame is probably original. A late afternoon sun accentuates the white steeple of this northern Vermont village, painted in the midst of the winter season. Thomas Curtin was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He studied at the prestigious National Academy of Design and Art Students League, both in New York City. There Curtin found a mentor and friend in John F. Carlson, whose influence is apparent in Curtin's paintings. Curtin spent a great deal of time painting on Cape Anne, in the coastal communities of Gloucester and Rockport, and he became affiliated with the North Shore Artists Association, where be befriended the painters Emile Gruppe and Aldro Hubbard. In the 1940s, Curtin began spending part of his summers in Vinalhaven, the legendary island of painters on the coast of Maine, and also commenced trips to Vermont. In 1957, Curtin moved to the rural village of Cambridge, Vermont, where he continued his tradition of landscape painting 'en plain air.'