Summer Afternoon

John Steuart Curry (American, 1897 – 1946)
Image : 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.56 cm)
Sheet : 12 x 16 in. (30.48 x 40.64 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Orville C. Beattie
Object Number

John Steuart Curry is best known for his involvement in the American Regionalist movement, which rejected the metropolis as the center of artistic and American identity, and looked instead to the American heartland for its subject matter. Curry frequently turned to his childhood experience of living on a Kansas farm. Here, we see several horses grazing in the center of the image while two ponies romp in the right foreground. The scene is completed by puffy clouds, voluminous trees, and lush vegetation that surround the horses. A feeling of movement is apparent throughout Summer Afternoon, as Curry employs rhythmical marks that permeate the horses, clouds and trees. These marks were created during the lithographic production process, in which the artist draws the image directly on a slab of limestone using a greasy crayon. After treating the stone with chemicals, the image is permanently etched onto the stone and is ready to print. Because lithography captures the hand of the artist so effectively, lithographs often look more like drawings than prints. [Emily Lindbloom 2020]

Object Type