John Steuart Curry Murals, state capitol, Topeka
300 SW 10th, Topeka, KS 66612 [map this location]
The most famous of his finished murals is the one called, "Tragic Prelude," Curry's interpretation of
Curry painted the "Kansas Pastoral" mural in an attempt to show the more romantic side of his native state. Critics found disapproval of the
These scenes are only a portion of the murals Curry had planned for the Capitol. Eight panels in the rotunda were proposed to depict the life of the homesteader. Because of the criticism of Curry's work and opposition to removing marble panels to create additional space for the artworks the eight scenes were never painted by Curry.
Still, the murals are known as some of the greatest public art in the country and, as Curry said "they are historical monuments."
Contact: 785.296.3966; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: The Capitol is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tours given Monday-Friday at 9, 10, and 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Admission charge: Free
Tour Curry's boyhood home at Old Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa on South U.S. 59. See some of his well-known works plus pictures of his family, his paintbrushes, copies of famous books that he illustrated, and more. Call for an appointment, 785.863.2070 or 785.863.3118.