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Winter Break 2012

Thomas R. Curtin (American, 1899-1977), Winter Landscape with Birches, oil on canvas board. Gift of Judy and John Curtin (87.11.2)_x400

The Williams College Museum of Art will be closed
Saturday, December 22, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013

for the winter break campus shutdown. All of us at WCMA hope you have a wonderful holiday.

This year we would like to highlight a winter image from our collection by Thomas Curtin (American; 1899-1977). Curtin was known for his landscape, snow and coastal oil paintings. The landscapes of Vermont provided him with the subject matter of his later works including some of the winter scenes of New England for which he was renowned. Winter Landscapes with Birches is an example of one of these winter landscapes.

From Cape Ann, Maine, he moved to Vermont in 1943 with his three fellow artist friends, John F. Carlson, Emile Gruppe, and Aldro Hubbard. John F. Carlson, an American Impressionist, also became a specialist in winter scenes and was awarded the Carnegie Prize and the Altman First Prize by the National Academy of Design in 1918. Here is one of Carlson’s paintings, Mountain Hamlet.

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Top image: Thomas R. Curtin, (American, 1899-1977), Winter Landscape with Birches, oil on canvas board, Williams College Museum of Art, Gift of Judy and John Curtin. (87.11.2)

Bottom image: John F. Carlson, (Swedish-American, 1874-1945), Mountain Hamlet, oil on canvas.

—Sara Kang, Class of 2014

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