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Wisconsin Landscape

Artist:
John Steuart Curry (American, Dunavant, Kansas 1897–1946 Madison, Wisconsin)
Date:
1938–39
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
42 x 84 in. (106.7 x 213.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
42.154
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 900
Wisconsin Landscape is an idealized composite of farm scenes that Curry saw while traveling around the American Midwest. The horizontal canvas provides a panoramic view of the region and draws attention to the dramatic sky. Celebrating agrarian calm and plentitude, Curry’s verdant scene appears to deliberately disregard the effects of the Great Depression, which continued to plague farming communities at the time. Along with Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, Curry contributed to an artistic movement known as Regionalism, which asserted that truly American art would emerge from small towns more so than large cities.
Inscription: Signed, dated and inscribed (lower right): "Wisconsin Landscape"/John Steuart Curry 1938-39 ©
the artist (until 1942; sold to MMA)

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "136th Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture," January 26–March 2, 1941, no. 329.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Artists for Victory: An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art," December 7, 1942–February 22, 1943, unnumbered cat. (p. 3; awarded First Prize).

New York. Associated American Artists. "John Steuart Curry: 20 Years of His Art," March 24–April 12, 1947, no. 25 (dated 1940).

Los Angeles Municipal Art Department. "National Construction Industries Home Show Exposition," June 14–August 31, 1951, no catalogue.

Moscow. Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre. "American Painting and Sculpture. American National Exhibition," July 25–September 5, 1959, no. 4.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Three Centuries of American Painting," April 9–October 17, 1965, unnum. checklist.

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "The 1930's: Painting & Sculpture in America," October 15–December 1, 1968, no. 24.

Madison, Wis. Madison Art Center. "John Steuart Curry, 1897-1946," January 19–February 23, 1969, no. 69.

Topeka. Kansas State Capitol. "John Steuart Curry," October 3–November 3, 1970, no. 45 (dated 1940).

Trenton. New Jersey State Museum. "This Land is Your Land," April 10–September 6, 1976, unnumbered cat.

Saint Louis Art Museum. "Currents of Expansion: Painting in the Midwest 1820–1940," February 18–April 10, 1977.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Modern American Painting 1910-1940: Toward a New Perspective," July 1–September 25, 1977, no. 17.

Staten Island Museum. "20th Century American Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 9–28, 1978, brochure no. 5.

Berlin. Akademie der Künste. "Amerika: Traum und Depression 1920/40," November 9–December 28, 1980, no. 84.

Kunstverein Hamburg die Ausstellung. "Amerika: Traum und Depression 1920/40," January 11–February 15, 1981, no. 84.

Munich. Haus der Kunst. "Amerikanische Malerei 1930-1980," November 14, 1981–January 31, 1982, no. 32.

Milwaukee Art Museum. "Leaders in Wisconsin Art, 1936–1981: John Steuart Curry, Aaron Bohrod, John Wilde," April 4–May 23, 1982, no. 18.

Madison, Wis. Elvehjem Museum of Art. "John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West," March 7–May 17, 1998, unnumbered cat. (pl. 56).

San Francisco. M. H. de Young Memorial Museum. "John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West," June 13–August 30, 1998, unnumbered cat.

Kansas City, Mo. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. "John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West," October 11, 1998–January 3, 1999, unnumbered cat.

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio. "Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland," February 18–April 30, 2000, no. 11.

A. Hyatt Mayor. Artists for Victory: An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art. A Picture Book of the Prize Winners. New York, 1942, unpaginated, ill.

A. Hyatt Mayor. "The Artists for Victory Exhibition." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1 (December 1942), pp. 142–43, ill.

"Artists for Victory Score Victory in Metropolitan Exhibition." Art Digest 17 (December 15, 1942), p. 6, ill.

Alfred M. Frankfurter. "The Artists for Victory Exhibition: The Paintings." Art News 41 (January 1–14, 1943), p. 11, ill. p. 8.

Laurence E. Schmeckebier. John Steuart Curry's Pageant of America. New York, 1943, pp. 132–33, 135, 139, fig. 90.

Henry Geldzahler. American Painting in the Twentieth Century. New York, 1965, p. 96.

William Ashby McCloy in John Steuart Curry. Exh. cat., Kansas State Capitol, Topeka. [Lawrence, Kan.], 1970, pp. 4, 78, no. 45.

Brett Waller in John Steuart Curry. Exh. cat., Kansas State Capitol, Topeka. [Lawrence, Kan.], 1970, p. 8.

Joseph S. Czestochowski. John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood: A Portrait of Rural America. Columbia, Mo., 1981, p. 24, pl. 8.

Rosalie A. Goldstein in Leaders in Wisconsin Art, 1936–1981: John Steuart Curry, Aaron Bohrod, John Wilde. Exh. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, 1982, pp. 9, 13, 22, no. 18, ill. p. 6 (color).

Patricia Junker in Patricia Junker Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison. John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West. New York, 1998, pp. 163, 196, 204–7, 233–35, 238, fig. 9, colorpl. 56.

Theodore F. Wolff in Patricia Junker. John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West. Exh. cat., Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison. New York, 1998, pp. 84–85.

Henry Adams in Patricia Junker. John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West. Exh. cat., Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison. New York, 1998, pp. 113–14, 128.

Carol Troyen in Marsden Hartley. Ed. Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser. Exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. New Haven, 2002, pp. 245, 252 n. 29, fig. 4 (color).



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