The Line Storm BY JOHN STEUART CURRY
CURRY BEGAN TO TAKE lithographs in the winter of 1927 at the Art Students’ League,
under the tutelage of Charles Locke, “and has worked at stones off and on ever since.”
He often makes lithographs of his paintings, and such is The Line Storm,
after the famous painting of the same name (considered by many to be Curry’s masterpiece),
in the collection of Sidney Howard, the playwright.
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Curry himself has said significantly that
The Line Storm was done “from memory of many such storms before which we fled.”
No one, almost in the whole range of painting, to communicate the terror caused by the
convulsions of nature as Curry Thomas Craven has said of this picture
(and the same things apply to the lithograph made from it)
that it is “a masterpiece in which the elements and earth and sky and the
whole landscape together with the frightened animals are transformed into an enormous terror.