John Stuart Curry's Pageant of America

John Stuart Curry's Pageant of America

John Stuart Curry's Pageant of America

John Stuart Curry's Pageant of America

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An artist's work has a right to speak for itself. The understanding of John Steuart Curry should not be based on personal anecdotes, news stories, and critical opinions written about him. What Curry means should be determined by the reader's understanding and appreciation of Curry's work. Curry is a painter. Whatever he has to say is best expressed in the medium he has trained himself to use with greatest skill.

At first glance the biographical aspects of Curry's career may seem to have greater human interest than the pictures. With more extended consideration, however, their importance diminishes to the rank of mere colorful enrichment of the central theme -- the pictures themselves.

This book is an attempt to let those pictures speak for themselves through the medium of selected reproductions. The arrangement of the reproductions grew out of a number of logical considerations. One was the matter of particular artistic problems which the artist was trying to solve: the timeless problems of color, linear design, or the composition of forms. A second involved the varying problems of content and idea associated with those of artistic form. In the actual process of analysis it will be found that these two will usually complement each other. The works tend to group themselves into periods which follow in a logical sequence.

This is not an arbitrary process of dividing the artist's life and activity into a number of compartments and tossing each work . . .

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