John Steuart CurrySelf-Portrait
charcoal, conte crayon, and pencil
25 5/16 x 19 3/8 in
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
The intense stare and close, looming view 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. The bold lines and powerful swaths of shadow drawn with the broad side of the charcoal reveal Curry's increasing self-assurance.