Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), born in Hartford, Kentucky, was an early American Impressionist known for his interior and exterior portraits of women and children and his leadership role at the Cragsmoor Art Colony. He studied at the Cincinnati School of Design, and in 1882, he moved to New York City, where he attended the National Academy of Design followed by the Art Students League. In 1887, he began exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Academy and continued to show his work there for nearly three decades. For nearly thirty years, he split his time between Cragsmoor and New York City. The artist continued to paint and maintained teaching positions at Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, and the National Academy.