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John Steuart Curry
U.S. 1897-1946
John Brown 79.0052

John Brown 79.0052

The image of John Brown is one that John Steuart Curry repeatedly produced in drawings, prints, and paintings. Eventually it became part of his mural cycle for the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, depicting the history of Kansas. This particular lithograph evokes biblical connotations; Brown, an abolitionist, represents Moses, and in fact is quite similar in appearance to Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture, Moses. Brown believed he was sent to lead the slaves to freedom at the start of the Civil War. In addition, Brown's arms are outstretched in reference to Christ's crucifixion, for Brown vowed to dedicate his life to the abolition of slavery. John Brown incorporates themes frequently used by Curry--the struggle of man vs. man, and man vs. nature. The tornado on the horizon also refers to the disaster the Civil War was about to bring on the land.

John Steuart Curry
U.S. 1897-1946
Kansas Wheat Ranch 79.0061

Kansas Wheat Ranch 79.0061

John Steuart Curry
U.S. 1897-1946
Manhunt 79.0040

Manhunt 79.0040

John Steuart Curry
U.S. 1897-1946
Manhunt, Study of Oil 80.0037

Manhunt, Study of Oil 80.0037

Curry's work was not well received in Kansas in 1930. His agent, Maynard Walker, had tremendous difficulty "selling" him to local audiences, even though, in 1931, Curry was receiving critical acclaim in New York, Chicago, and St. Louis. The fact that Curry no longer lived in Kansas was not lost to native Kansans. Then, there was the unflattering image of the state that Curry sometimes portrayed in his work. Most Kansans resented having the state's extreme weather, its religious beliefs, and its lynch mobs paraded on canvas and paper for New Yorkers to see. The painting Manhunt, for which this is a study, was only one of these embarrassments. Despite Walker's best efforts, there would be no sales of Curry's work in Kansas in 1931.

John Steuart Curry
U.S. 1897-1946
Mississippi Noah 79.0035

Mississippi Noah 79.0035

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