Luigi Lucioni (Italian/American, 1900-1988) - 'October Sparkle,' original watercolor painting on paper, dated 1953. Size: 7 inches x 9 inches. Signed and dated in the lower right. Also, retaining on the reverse of the frame, the original Associated American Artists label giving the title, October Sparkle, together with the original asking price of $100. There is a personalized inscription from the artist which reads: "For Dorothy, Until the green one comes along ... Very sincerely Luigi." This work in in excellent condition, with fresh colors, and has been framed to museum standards with UV blocking plexi-glass, acid free matting and is offered in a new silvered wood frame. Luigi Lucioni was a noted painter and engraver. Born in northern Italy, he immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1911 and settled in Bergen, New Jersey. He studied at Cooper Union and at the National Academy of Design in New York and exhibited widely at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Corcoran Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute and at other fine galleries and institutions. He maintained a studio in Washington Square in NYC until 1945. He is best known for his realistic detailed still life and landscape etchings. Beginning in 1929, he spent part of each year in Manchester Depot, Vermont, where he loved to paint red barns and white birch trees. In this painting, he vividly depicts a typical Vermont red barn as viewed through a large, spreading maple tree, whose autumnal colored leaves are casting an intricate pattern of dappled light on the side of the barn, while in the distance are visible the rolling hills of Vermont.