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The Art of JAMA |

Afternoon in the Cluny Garden, Paris Charles Courtney Curran

Jeanette M. Smith, MD
JAMA. 2015;314(6):542-543. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11909.
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While much of the art world was agog over the avant-garde during its ascendancy in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942) displayed a fond fidelity to his aesthetic in painting pictures of angelic women placed in Edenic settings. Flowers, including native species, were also part of his sylvan scenes, and the glow of natural light brings them to life in his works. The shimmer of sunlight on wisps of hair fringing the shining faces of his subjects becomes nature’s diadem.

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Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), Afternoon in the Cluny Garden, Paris, 1889, American. Oil on wood panel. 23.5 × 30.5 cm. Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (https://www.famsf.org/), San Francisco, California; bequest of Constance Coleman Richardson, 2002.55. © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



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