A prolific and popular Impressionist, Charles Courtney Curran (1861 – 1942) was a prominent figure in the resurgence of traditional artwork in late 19th-century America. Born in Hartford, Kentucky, Curran was primarily known for his portraits of young women in pristine white dresses under scenic skies, which melded Realism with plein air painting. He acquired early artistic recognition, exhibiting at New York’s National Academy of Design at age 23. Two years of studies at Paris’ Academie Julien strongly influenced Curran's Impressionistic style, particularly his masterful use of light. Known for his figure paintings, Curran also painted portraits, landscapes and views from the Imperial Temples of Peking.