Luigi Lucioni was an Italian-born American painter and printmaker best known for his detailed portraits, still lifes, and landscapes of the Vermont countryside. Completed in a style reminiscent of realist painters Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, Lucioni’s paintings are meditative and meticulous, though the Modernist works of Paul Cézanne have also influenced the artist. “You can't cope with nature,” Lucioni has said. “You can't put in all the little things that nature can do so easily and you can't. So you have to get the essentials of these things, and that is my idea of realism.” Born on November 4, 1900 in Malnate, Italy, his family immigrated to New York in 1911 and eventual settled in Union City, NJ. Though he never finished primary school, Lucioni was admitted to Cooper Union at the age of 15, where he studied painting under William de Leftwich Dodge. At that time he was also working for a Brooklyn engraving company and soon after attended the National Academy of Design, where William Auerbach Levy introduced him to etching. The artist died on July 22, 1988 in New York, NY. Lucioni’s works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others.
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