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 Frank Currier  (1843 - 1909)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts / Germany      Known for: landscape-Barbizon style

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A proponent of the Munich Style of bold, slashing brush-work and strong chiaroscuro, Joseph Frank Currier was from Boston, Massachusetts but from 1870 to 1898, spent most of his time living in Germany. He became a leader of an American art colony, which had begun as followers of Cincinnati painter Frank Duveneck. Previous to that, Currier studied in Antwerp and Paris and then settled in Munich after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War.

As a student in Munich 1870 to 1872, he became a strong proponent of the Munich realism that was taught German artist Wilhelm Leibl, who in turn had been heavily influenced by Gustave Courbet, the great French realist. Leibl and his immediate followers, which included Frank Duveneck and William Merritt Chase, patterned their work after the 17th-century Dutch painter Frans Hals.

In 1877, Currier moved to the Bavarian town of Polling, where he appears to have taken over leadership of the American art colony that initially rallied around Frank Duveneck.

In 1898, Currier returned to Boston in 1898 and was a leading exponent of the "American Barbizon" style of painting. In 1909, he threw himself in front of an on-rushing train.

Matthew Baigell, "Dictionary of American Artists"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Spanierman Gallery, Betty Krulick

Biography from Boston Art Club:
Currier, J(oseph) 'Frank' (1843-1909)

Joseph Frank Currier, "J. Frank Currier", "Frank Currier" was born in Boston, 21 November, 1843. He studied in Boston with William M. Hunt and Samuel L. Gerry, in Deerfield with George Fuller, at the Royal Academy, Antwerp (1869-70), briefly in Paris, and at the Royal Academy, Munich (1870-72).

Leader of the Polling Artists, teacher of Duveneck, and countless other American Artists from 1872 until his departure back to the US in 1898, he was a man of great influence on American Artists, and on the development of Art History. This is evident to those who have studied Currier's history and seen his artwork.

In the book, 'The Life and Art of J.Frank Currier', and the books, 'The Life and Art of Frank Duveneck', and, 'Unsuspected Genius, The Art and Life of Frank Duveneck', one reads about the history of America's most advanced Artist of his period, Currier's manic-depression, and his eventual suicide in Boston, 15 January, 1909.The Boston Art Club is compiling the Catalogue Raissone of this artist, with currently over 400 works logged.

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