Cosmopolitanism and the Gilded Age

Charles Courtney Curran (1861–1942)
Lotus Lilies, 1888
Oil on canvas, 18 x 32 in. (45.7 x 81.3 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.35

Object-Charles Courtney Curran, Lotus Lilies

Trained in both New York and Paris, Charles Courtney Curran was a prolific artist known for his idyllic paintings of young women. In Lotus Lilies, two women—Curran’s new bride, Grace Winthrop Wickham, on the left, and her cousin Charlotte “Lottie” Adams Taylor, on the right—sit in a row-boat surrounded by lilies carpeting the surface of a lake. The women are protected from the glare of the summer sun by hats, diaphanous veils, and a large green parasol. The painting’s foreshortened perspective positions the viewer in the boat. Although Lotus Lilies predates Curran’s first trip to France in 1889, it demonstrates his awareness of the emerging aesthetic of impressionism. Like many Americans experimenting in the new mode, he tempered bold color and free brushwork with refined academic drawing. Shortly after Curran created this fond portrayal of his wife, the couple moved to Paris, where the painting won a medal in the Salon of 1890.

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Charles Courtney Curran (1861–1942)
Lotus Lilies, 1888
Oil on canvas, 18 x 32 in. (45.7 x 81.3 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.35

Cosmopolitanism and the Gilded Age

Childe Hassam (1859–1935)
Une Averse—rue Bonaparte, 1887
Oil on canvas, 40 3/8 x 77 7/16 in. (102.6 x 196.7 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1993.20
William Merritt Chase (1849–1916)
Morning at Breakwater, Shinnecock, c. 1897
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127.0 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.30
Edmund C. Tarbell (1862–1938)
In the Orchard, 1891
Oil on canvas, 60 3/4 x 65 1/2 in. (154.3 x 166.4 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.141
Mary Cassatt (1844–1926)
Summertime, 1894
Oil on canvas, 39 5/8 x 32 in. (100.6 x 81.3 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1988.25
John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)
Breton Woman with a Basket, Study for “En route pour la pêche” and “Fishing for Oysters at Cancale”, 1877
Oil on canvas, 18 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (47.0 x 29.8 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1996.53
John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)
Breton Girl with a Basket, Study for “En route pour la pêche” and “Fishing for Oysters at Cancale”, 1877
Oil on canvas, 19 x 11 1/2 in. (48.3 x 29.2 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.129
John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)
Girl on the Beach, Study for “En route pour la pêche” and “Fishing for Oysters at Cancale”, 1877
Oil on canvas, 19 x 11 1/2 in. (48.3 x 29.2 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.131
John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)
Young Boy on the Beach, Study for “En route pour la pêche” and “Fishing for Oysters at Cancale”, 1877
Oil on canvas, 17 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (43.8 x 26.0 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.132
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903)
The Zattere: Harmony in Blue and Brown, c. 1879
Pastel, with traces of black chalk, on brown wove paper, 11 x 7 5/8 in. (27.9 x 19.4 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.162
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903)
Note in Red: The Siesta, by 1884
Oil on panel, 8 5/16 x 12 in. (21.1 x 30.5 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.149
Joseph H. Boston (1860–1954)
From Shore to Shore, 1885
Oil on canvas, 27 5/8 x 35 5/8 in. (70.2 x 90.5 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.13
George de Forest Brush (1855–1941)
The Weaver, 1889
Oil on canvas, 12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1988.23
Theodore Wendel (1859–1932)
Brook, Giverny, 1887
Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 35 5/8 in. (72.4 x 90.5 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1987.13
Irving Ramsey Wiles (1861–1948)
On the Veranda, 1887
Oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 26 1/4 in. (51.4 x 66.7 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.152
Charles Courtney Curran (1861–1942)
Lotus Lilies, 1888
Oil on canvas, 18 x 32 in. (45.7 x 81.3 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.35
Dennis Miller Bunker (1861–1890)
Brittany Town Morning, Larmor, 1884
Oil on canvas, 14 x 22 in. (35.6 x 55.9 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1991.1
John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)
Dennis Miller Bunker Painting at Calcot, 1888
Oil on canvas mounted on Masonite, 27 x 25 1/4 in. (68.6 x 64.1 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.130
William Merritt Chase (1849–1916)
Spring Flowers (Peonies), by 1889
Pastel on paper, prepared with a tan ground, and wrapped with canvas around a wooden strainer, 48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.32
Childe Hassam (1859–1935)
Horse Drawn Cabs at Evening, New York, c. 1890
Watercolor on paper, 14 x 17 3/4 in. (35.6 x 45.1 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.66
John Leslie Breck (1860–1899)
Garden at Giverny (In Monet's Garden), c. 1887–91
Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 21 7/8 in. (46.0 x 55.6 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1988.22
Guy Rose (1867–1925)
Giverny Hillside, c. 1890–91
Oil on panel, 12 7/16 x 16 1/8 in. (31.6 x 41.0 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.2
Childe Hassam (1859–1935)
Horticulture Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893
Oil on canvas, 18 1/2 x 26 1/4 in. (47.0 x 66.7 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.67
Theodore Robinson (1852–1896)
Blossoms at Giverny, 1891–92
Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 20 1/8 in. (54.9 x 51.1 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.130
Lilla Cabot Perry (1848–1933)
Self-Portrait, c. 1889–96
Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 25 5/8 in. (81.0 x 65.1 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.107
Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937)
Les Invalides, Paris, 1896
Oil on canvas, 13 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (33.3 x 41.0 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.140
John H. Twachtman (1853–1902)
Winter Landscape, c. 1890–1900
Oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 30 1/8 in. (76.5 x 76.5 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.136
Willard Metcalf (1858–1925)
Havana Harbor, 1902
Oil on canvas, 18 5/16 x 26 1/8 in. (46.5 x 66.4 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.49
Thomas Eakins (1844–1916)
Portrait of Thomas J. Eagan, 1907
Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in. (61.0 x 50.8 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 1998.1
Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851–1938)
Portrait of a Lady Holding a Rose, 1912
Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (54.0 x 41.3 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.46
Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874–1939)
Lady in a Garden, c. 1912
Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 25 3/4 in. (81.0 x 65.4 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.52