John Brown - JOHN STEUART CURRY
JOHN STEUART CURRY
Lithograph, 1939, Cole 34, edition 250. 14 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed in pencil. this is a fine, rich impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This iconic American print relates exactly to a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's a study for the artist's mural in the routonda of the Kansas State Capitol. "John Brown devoted his life to opposing the extension of slavery in the 1850s into the Kansas Territory in battles that presaged the Civil War, which began in 1861. Curry depicted Brown larger-than-life in an open, stark landscape besieged by a tornado, a meteorological symbol for the conflict, and with an enslaved man at his side. The abolitionist’s crazed expression and animated hair and beard suggest the messianic fervor that fueled his opposition to human bondage." (from the online entry to this painting on the the Met's website.) This print was published by Associated American Artists and the catalogue by Cole lists ten impressions in museum collections which was back in 1974.
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