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1928 John Steuart Curry Born: Dunavant, Kansas 1897 Died: Madison, Wisconsin 1946 charcoal, conte crayon and pencil on paper sheet: 25 3/8 x 19 3/8 in. (64.3 x 49.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1928, KATHLEEN G. CURRY 1985.78 Not currently on view

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The intense stare and looming presence of this self-portrait reveal Curry’s confidence at a turning point in his career. In 1927 he had returned to the United States after studying drawing in Paris, and a year later his paintings had attained national acclaim. Here Curry’s draftsmanship corresponds with his artistic success. The bold lines and powerful swaths of shadow drawn with the broad side of the charcoal reveal the artist’s increasing self-assurance.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009


Figure male - bust

Occupation - art - painter

Occupation - art - printmaker

Occupation - art - sculptor

Portrait male - Curry, John Steuart - self-portrait



crayon - conté crayon


paper - wove paper - canson and montgolfier