Luigi Lucioni painting, Vermont landscape, country road
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Luigi Lucioni (Italian/American, 1900-1988), Vermont Summer landscape painting, oil on artist board, 20"x24", signed lower right and dated 1927. A very early landscape painting by Luigi Lucioni of a Vermont country road in summer, possibly painted in the vicinity of Barre, VT. The paintings of his early career reflect the influence of Impressionism, following in the footsteps of artists like Cezanne and Childe Hassam. Such an influence is evident in this painting, with its loose, broad brush strokes and rather thickly applied rich chromatic palette. This 'Cezanne-inspired' style contrasts with the precise realism for which Lucioni later became so widely renowned. The early date of 1927 must make this one of the artist's first depictions of the romantic Vermont countryside. Condition is very good, having been recently professionally cleaned, with some minor touch-up, and offered in a period Arts & Crafts carved gilt wood frame. On the reverse of the painting is a later presentation by the artist, dated 1980, which indicates that Lucioni must have had high regard for this work as he kept it for over fifty years. Luigi Lucioni was a noted painter and engraver. Born in northern Italy, he immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1911 and settled in N. Bergen, NJ. He studied at Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design in New York and exhibited widely at the Penn. 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 paintings and many landscape etchings. Beginning in the late 1920's, he began making visits to Vermont, eventually taking up a summer residence in Manchester Depot, Vermont, where he loved to paint red barns and white birch trees.