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 Ralph Wormeley Curtis  (1854 - 1922)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: figure-portrait, genre, interiors

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Born in Boston in 1854, the son of Daniel Sargent Curtis and Ariana Wormeley Randolf Curtis. Educated at Harvard College where he and a friend were cofounders of the "Lampoon". Curtis owed his artistic start to his parents who bought the Palazzo Barbaro on the Grand Canal, Venice. This soon became a meeting place for English and American artists including Henry James and Isabella Stewart Gardener. After graduation Curtis went to Europe to join his family and eventually took up residence in Paris, where he studied at the Academe Julian under Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. Curtis became close friends with his distant cousin John Singer Sargent.

Much like Sargent he documented the attractive scenes of modern day life that could be found all around him in Venice. He was a master of the effects of light on water, much like his French counterparts and had an illustrator's accuracy for draftsmanship, honed by Parisian training. He was known for landscapes, portraits [famous people], Venice, interiors, rivers, cities and coast.In 1880 Curtis and Sargent went to Holland to paint together after which Curtis returned to his parents home, the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice, the crossroads of art and society.He won honorable mention in the 1889 Expo. Curtis remained abroad after completing his training in Paris, spending his summers in Venice. He died in 1922.

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Born in Boston, he was a painter of portrait, genre and interiors. In 1878, when he was twenty-four, he went to Europe with his family, and they set up their primary residence on the Grand Canal in Venice. It was a setting that put him in touch with some of the major people in fine art cosmopolitan circles including Isabella Stewart Gardner, Henry James, Edith Wharton, and John Singer Sargent. Between 1881 and 1893, he exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon, and in 1897, he married and settled in the Maritime Alps.

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