CHARLES COURTNEY CURRAN

American (1861-1942)

HEIRLOOMS

This 1922 oil painting was painted by Curran in his New York City Studio at 39 West 67th Street. Soon after it was painted Curran sent it in April, 1922, to the M. A. Newhouse & Sons Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri. The M. A. Newhouse & Sons Gallery and Curran were closely affiliated for many years. The painting is listed in Curran’s records book as 206-1. In 1921 The Curran’s traveled to Venice and purchased a pair of Venetian glass vases, one of which was damaged soon after returning home. The undamaged vase was used by Curran as a device in “Heirlooms”. From the beginning of his career as an art teacher Curran, would choose some of his women students as models. Before these young women could begin their modeling sessions with the artist, they had to be interviewed and given approval by Curran’s wife, Grace Wickham Curran. Most of these art student-models would get paid an hourly rate and invariably they would also end up with an extra bonus of getting private art lessons from Curran. According to Kaycee Benton’s

research, the model for this painting was one of Curran’s students. Ms. Benton felt that the student shown in the photograph with Curran was most likely the model from the painting.

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