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Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for the statehouse mural by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). The sketch illustrates an abundance of corn and a sea of water on the Kansas prairie. The proposed artwork was to be commissioned into a mural for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" prevented the sketch from becoming a reality.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches for the statehouse mural entitled "Kansas Pastoral" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located on the west wall of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a family and their farm as the night and evening sky merge together on the Kansas prairie.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the sacrifice of life on the Santa Fe Trail and the oil field industry and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located on the north wall on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates abolitionist John Brown holding a bible and a Beecher Bible rifle. At Brown's feet, two slain soldiers from the North and South are symbolic of the struggle during the Civil War. In the background, pioneers with their wagons are heading west as raging prairie fires and destructive tornadoes move over the prairie. The mural's dimensions are 31 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high and it is painted with oil and egg tempura paint.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for a portion of the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located north of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a bison hunter with a slain bison and thundering herds of bison in the background. On the south side of the archway, Coronado and Padre Padilla, the Franciscan missionary, look across the Kingdom of Quivira as buzzards loom overhead. The mural's dimensions are 22 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch on the statehouse mural entitled the "Kansas Pastoral" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located on the south wall on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a Hereford bull with grazing steers and doves in Osage orange trees. In the distance wheat shocks and a grain elevator are depicted as the setting sun and white clouds meet on the prairie's horizon.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the oil industry and the cattle drives and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects of "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and how the hand of erosion was moving toward the abandoned farm house. These panels were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary work on a portion of the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located north of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a bison hunter with a slain bison and thundering herds of bison in the background. The mural's dimensions are 22 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the homestead and the building of barb wire fences. These panels were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry

John Steuart Curry
Date: May, 1941
John Steuart Curry, 1897-1946, at his easel, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.


John Steuart Curry

John Steuart Curry
Date: Between 1941 and 1942
John Steuart Curry standing on a ladder by the "Tragic Prelude" mural.


John Steuart Curry's funeral, Winchester, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's funeral, Winchester, Kansas
Date: September 01, 1946
Three photographs showing John Steuart Curry's funeral at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Winchester, Kansas. Curry died August 29, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin, and he was buried near his childhood home of Dunavant in Jefferson County. A well known artist, he is recognized as a leader in the movement for realistic regionalism. Curry is probably most recognized for painting the famous mural titled Tragic Prelude showing John Brown and the early struggles for freedom in Kansas. Along with the Tragic Prelude, his murals of The Conquistadors and Kansas Pastoral hang at the Kansas capitol.


John Steuart Curry's grave and Curry family plot in Winchester, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's grave and Curry family plot in Winchester, Kansas
Creator: Tarr, Blair D., b. 1957
Date: July 19, 2003
Here are two photographs showing John Steuart Curry's grave and the Curry family plot in the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery in Winchester, Kansas.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary scketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary scketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry,(1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's proposed mural placement at the Kansas Capitol

John Steuart Curry's proposed mural placement at the Kansas Capitol
Creator: Wolfe, Harold B., 1898-1966
Date: 1939
Preliminary sketch drawn by John Steuart Curry on a black & white photograph showing proposed mural placement.


John Steuart Curry's proposed mural placement at the Kansas Capitol

John Steuart Curry's proposed mural placement at the Kansas Capitol
Creator: Wolfe, Harold B., 1898-1966
Date: 1939
Preliminary sketch drawn by John Steuart Curry on a black & white photograph showing proposed mural placement at the Kansas Capitol.


John Steuart Curry sketch

John Steuart Curry sketch
Creator: Curry, John Steuart
Date: between 1937 and 1942
In the late 1930s, artist and Kansas native John Steuart Curry produced this preliminary sketch for the mural, "Tragic Prelude," housed at the Kansas Statehouse. The sketch references John Brown and the struggle against slavery during the Territorial Period. Curry completed the mural in 1942, but due to Kansans' critical reaction he refused to complete the project. In 1993, The Wunderlich Mongerson, a Chicago-based art gallery, collaborated with Curry's widow to donate this sketch.


John Steuart Curry sketch

John Steuart Curry sketch
Creator: Curry, John Steuart
Date: between 1937 and 1942
In the late 1930s artist and Kansas native John Steuart Curry produced this preliminary sketch of conquistadors for the mural Tragic Prelude housed at the Kansas statehouse. The sketch references the 1541 Spanish expedition through Kansas led by Francisco Coronado. Curry completed the mural in 1942, but due to Kansans' critical reaction he refused to complete the project. In 1993, The Wunderlich Mongerson, a Chicago-based art gallery, collaborated with Curry's widow to donate this sketch.


Kansas Pastoral mural

Kansas Pastoral mural
Date: 1940
This colored photograph shows the "Kansas Pastoral" by John Steuart The mural is located on the second floor, west corridor, of the state capitol in Topeka, Kansas.


Kansas Pastoral mural

Kansas Pastoral mural
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1999
This is a transparency showing the Hereford bull mural in the Kansas capitol, painted by John Steuart Curry. In 1937, Curry, from Dunavant in Jefferson County, Kansas, was selected to portray the story of Kansas in murals on the second floor of the capitol. The mural is part of the Kansas Pastoral which is Curry's attempt at showing the romantic side of the agricultural state.


Kansas Pastoral mural

Kansas Pastoral mural
Date: 1940
This is a mural painted by John Steuart Curry entitled "Kansas Pastoral" located on second floor, west and south wall corridor, of the state capital. The mural pictures a young farmer with livestock feeding and a wheat field in foreground. The sun is setting with distant hills and storm clouds in background.


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