American-born painter, Frank Currier, would spend the greatest portion of his professional life living in Germany. An advocate of the Munich School of bold brush strokes and the importance of maintaining balance (chiaroscuro) between darks and lights, he would also be influenced by French Realist painter Gustave Courbet.
He had studied in Boston under William H. Hunt, and Samuel Gerry, as well as brief periods at the Royal Academy in Antwerp, Belgium and the Royal Academy in Munich. While studying in Munich in 1870 he had become a supporter of the Munich realism that was being taught by Wilhelm Liebl, and taken up by numerous students, including Frank Duveneck.
He completed his studies and then settled in the Bavarian village of Polling; where there was all ready a thriving art community dedicated to Currier's preferred theories and methods in painting. He remained there for the next twenty years, returning home to Boston in 1898.
Once settled he became known as a proponent of the Americanized version of Barbizon painting, which emphasized a Tonalist palette of subdued colors that were used to depict a romanticized landscape or setting. He had completed over four hundred works, and exhibited in many American shows before committing suicide in Boston in 1909.