Luigi Lucioni (Italian/American, 1900-1988)
The Three Graces
Signed and dated "Luigi Lucioni 1949" l.l., identified on a label from Associated American Artists, New York, affixed to the back of the frame.
Oil on canvas, 17 x 14 in. (43.3 x 35.7 cm), in a period frame.
Condition: Very minor craquelure to l.r. quadrant.
Provenance: Associated American Artists, New York; private New York collection; acquired from the above by the parents of the current private collectors.
Literature: Stuart P. Embury, M.D., The Art and Life of Luigi Lucioni, A Contribution Towards a Catalogue Raisonné (Privately Printed, 2006), as The Three Graces (No. 2), cat. no. 49.27, p. 173.
Exhibitions: Associated American Artists, New York, Twenty-five Years of Painting, 1951, no. 41; Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont, Luigi Lucioni: A Manchester Realist of the Twentieth Century, (dates unspecified).
N.B. Luigi Lucioni's lovingly-rendered, realist landscapes of the Green Mountain State earned him the title "Artist Laureate of Vermont." He was particularly fond of the Manchester area where he spent many summers. The present painting shows the grounds of the Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester. A collector of Lucioni's works, Dr. John J. Siudmak recorded, "(Lucioni) resided in Vermont during the Spring and Summer months. His first love was to paint the red barns (but stated that they were just about gone). His second love were the birch trees, a grove of which was on the nearby golf course. He was given special permission to utilize this scenery at will." (1)
There are no further issues to report. Framed dimensions are 25 x 22 x 3 inches.
A brief paragraph of text from the Southern Vermont Arts Center exhibit and a newspaper clipping of a consignment ad featuring a very similar Lucioni landscape accompany the lot.
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