Landscape near Dachau

Joseph Frank Currier (American, 1843-1909)

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  • The rhythmic forms and rich surface texture of the sky, mountains, and village exemplify Currier's bold, emotional response to the power of nature.
  • As an American student at Munich's Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Currier often traveled into the countryside to paint the dark moors of Dachau. He continued to live and paint near Dachau for almost 30 years.
  • The subdued tones of this work are typical of students of the Munich School, but Currier's vigorous and loose brushwork is unusual for the era.
Emotional Response to the Powers of Nature

Currier was born in Massachusetts, where his father owned a marble cutting establishment. He traveled to Munich and was part of the group of American students at the Royal Academy. American painters working or studying in Munich did not spend all their time indoors in the Academy studios. They also traveled to villages in the German countryside to set up their canvases in the open air. Currier helped other American students at the Royal Academy with their landscape painting during their free time. Currier married and lived for many years at Dachau, where he painted some of his best work.

Currier often painted the dark moors beside the hill of nearby Dachau, recording his views with vigorous, spontaneous brushwork. He applied the subdued tones typical of the Munich School with a remarkable freedom of execution. This landscape, with its rich surface texture exemplifies Curriers emotional response to the powers of nature.

White, Nelson C. The Life and Art of J. Frank Currier. Riverside, California: Riverside Press, 1936.

Object Information

artist
Joseph Frank Currier (American, 1843-1909)
creation date
about 1880
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
18-3/4 x 37-1/2 in.
accession number
1992.361
credit line
Miscellaneous Painting Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors

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