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Gerard Curtis Delano

Gerard Curtis Delano


Nationality: American

Born on Cape Cod, Delano's New England childhood could not have been more distant from the West he would seek as an adult. The son of a sea captain, Delano was enamored with images of the exotic West and began sketching them at an early age. It was one of these early illustrations that he was able to sell to Lifemagazine which opened the door to his future career. Delano pursued formal art training first at the Swaine Free School of Design and the Art Students League before studying at the Grand Central School of Art in New York. While there, he studied with titans of illustration Dean Cornwell, Harvey Dunn, and N.C. Wyeth. These three mentors greatly influenced Delano's mature style, and each left their lasting mark. In Delano's paintings we cannot help but notice the strong sense of narrative instilled by Cornwell, the emotional depth of Dunn, and the subtlety of Wyeth.

Despite having moved to Colorado in 1919, it was not until 1943 that Delano made his first trip to the Southwest. The impact that the visit had on Delano would redirect his artistic future. His visit to the Navajo reservation was such an inspiring event that it forever altered his painting. Delano was so inspired by the people, their lifestyle, and the richness of their cultural tradition that they were to help define his mature style. Towards the end of his career, Delano's cylindrical figures and pastel palette became as recognizable as his signature.


Gerard Curtis Delano Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Gerard Curtis Delano (American, 1890-1972) Colorado Oil on canvas 30 x 36 inches (76.2 x 91.4 cm) Signed lower right
Gerard Curtis Delano (American, 1890-1972)ColoradoOil on canvas30 x 36 inches (76.2 x 91.4 cm)Signed lower right...
Lot 67999
Auction 5227
Monday, November 16, 2015
GERARD CURTIS DELANO (American, 1890-1972) In Way Down Yonder Land (Canyon de Chelly) Oil on masonite 24 x 28 inches
GERARD CURTIS DELANO (American, 1890-1972)In Way Down Yonder Land (Canyon de Chelly)Oil on masonite24 x 28 inches ...
Lot 76168
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Gerard Curtis Delano (American, 1890-1972) Canyon del Muerto Oil on canvas 40 x 48-1/4 inches (101.6 x 122.6 cm) Sig
Gerard Curtis Delano (American, 1890-1972)Canyon del MuertoOil on canvas40 x 48-1/4 inches (101.6 x 122.6 cm)Sig...
Lot 67998
Auction 5227
Monday, November 16, 2015
GERARD CURTIS DELANO (American, 1890-1972) The Trout Pool Watercolor on paper 20 x 14 inches (50.8 x 35.6 cm) (sheet)
GERARD CURTIS DELANO (American, 1890-1972)The Trout PoolWatercolor on paper20 x 14 inches (50.8 x 35.6 cm) (sheet)...
Lot 68023
Auction 5211
Saturday, May 2, 2015
FROM A PRIVATE DALLAS COLLECTION  GERARD CURTIS DELANO (American, 1890-1972) Evening Camp Oil on artist's board 14
FROM A PRIVATE DALLAS COLLECTIONGERARD CURTIS DELANO (American, 1890-1972)Evening CampOil on artist's board14 ...
Lot 76248
Auction 5050
Saturday, November 20, 2010

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Gerard Curtis Delano (American, 1890-1972) Pinto Martin's Reward, Top Notch magazine cover, March 15, 1932 Oil on canv...
Gerard Curtis Delano (American, 1890-1972) Pinto Martin's Reward, Top Notch magazine cover, March 15, 1932 Oil on canv... (1)

Auction 5351
Friday, May 4, 2018

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