Born in Hartford, Kentucky in 1861, Charles Curran was an important American Impressionist painter and enjoyed a successful career which concentrated particularly on the painting of portraits of young ladies.
He studied successively at the Cincinnati School of Design, the New York National Academy of Design and the Academie Julian in Paris under Constant, Lefebvre and Doucet.
He painted mainly in New York and settled in Cragsmore, in the Hudson River Valley. In 1890 he received an honourable mention at the Salon des Artistes and he was also given an honourable mention at the Exposition Universelle in 1900.
His works are held in the collections of in many major American Museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution. Curran died in 1942.