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Solitude

Philip Curtis

About The Solitude

This painting was produced during one of the most favored periods of production for the artist. Its having been reproducted in two books, the second titled Philip C. Curtis Paintings on page 24, represents another plus toward its preferred market appeal.

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This painting was produced during one of the most favored periods of production for the artist. Its having been reproducted in two books, the second titled Philip C. Curtis Paintings on page 24, represents another plus toward its preferred market appeal.

About the Artist

(1907-2000) Philip C. Curtis was born in Jackson, Michigan in 1907. The son of an attorney, he graduated from Albion College and attended the University of Michigan Law School. After the first year Philip realized he did not want to be a lawyer and quit his studies.

In 1932 he began formal training at the Yale School of Fine Arts, where he got a four-year degree. As part of the Yale curriculum Curtis spent his last college years in New York and began working for the Works Progress Administration project. He was initially employed in the murals division of the WPA, then was sent to Phoenix, Arizona where he founded and served as Director of the Phoenix Art Center, predecessor of the Phoenix Art Museum.

He subsequently started a similar project in Des Moines, Iowa. Curtis returned to Arizona in 1947 to paint. In 1960 Lewis J. Ruskin created the Philip C. Curtis Trust through which $25,000 was loaned to the artist. This grub stake freed him of any work except painting. This period of concentration led to successful exhibitions and sales in New York and Europe.

In 1995 the Phoenix Art Museum opened The Philip C. Curtis Gallery. a permanent display of the artist's work. His work is also a part of the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. D.C.

Three books are uniquely dedicated to describing Curtis' work. Most recently one was produced in 2007 to accompany an exhibition titled Philip C. Curtis Sound and Silence. Another was published in 1999 titled American Dream: The Art of Philip C. Curtis.

Public television produced a wonderful 37 minute program interviewing Philip and delving into his imagery with great sensitivity. This is now available through the Phoenix Art Museum Gift Shop for $20 in a DVD format.

Curtis received the Distinguished Achievement Award and was elected to the National Society of Arts and Letters. A member of the Royal Society of Arts, many have considered him one of Arizona's art treasures. In his Scottsdale studio he continued to paint every day, even into his nineties.

Medium Oil on canvas-wrapped Masonite
Catalogue raisonne #115 page 68 An Illustrated Catalog of the Works of Philip C. Curtis (illustrated in black and white) and listed in the Title Index
Frame Hand-wrapped linen liner (needs replacement), antiqued, carved wood molding
Frame size 31" height X 36" width
Signed "Philip C. Curtis" at viewer's upper right
Date of creation 1960
Condition Excellent, as appeared framed
Provenance Tom C
Board size 24" height X 29" width
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