Prize Stallions, Prize Stallion, lithograph, 1938, John Steuart Curry (1897-1946)
Curry was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and was intimately associated with that state as a professional artist. Like Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood (1891-1942), Curry was trained at an urban art school (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and studied in Europe prior to representing a so-called Regionalist identity to the American public during the Depression. In 1936 Curry was appointed artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His appointment was controversial to some local artists who thought a Wisconsinite should have been named to the post. Curry worked under the sponsorship of the Agriculture school rather than the art department. During his tenure he executed many state-specific murals, landscapes and portraits, which culminated in the Metropolitan Museum of Artís purchase of Wisconsin Landscape (1938-39) out of the Artists for Victory exhibition of 1942.
catalogue entry by Robert Cozzolino