George Curtis (American 1816-1881)

George Curtis was an early Boston marine artist who was a contemporary of Fitz Hugh Lane as well as being recognized for his unique approach to composition.  The rediscovery of his importance with American marine luminism was heralded in a 1993 exhibit of his work at the Peabody-Essex Institute in Boston.

Curtis’ work was featured at the Boston Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts.  During the 1840’s he drew additional acclaim painting sets for the highly regarded local theater, all while painting seascapes of the local area.

The light in his finely proportioned full ships is often that of directly infused sunlight, giving a radiant glow to his subject.  His Boston Harbor scenes and open seas are highly desirable.


19th, 20th & 21st Century American Paintings