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An original 1946 etching "Route 7" signed by Luigi Lucioni (1900-1988). The etching depicts a view along Route 7 in Vermont. The print is signed and dated in-plate, and is signed by the artist in pencil in the lower margin. Published by Associated American Artists in NYC in 1946 in an edition of 250. . It is double matted in white and sienna and is presented behind glass in a wood frame. Measures 21"x17"x1", Weight 4 pds. Luigi Lucioni (November 4, 1900 – July 22, 1988) was an Italian-born American painter. He lived and worked mainly in New York City, but also spent every summer working in Vermont. His still lifes, landscapes, and portraits were known for their realism, precisely drawn forms and smooth paint surface. Like many of his fellow Regionalists, his work was marketed through Associated American Artists in New York. In 1915 he won a competition which allowed him to attend The Cooper Union.Luigi Lucioni had his first one-man show in New York in 1927 at the Ferargil Galleries. He was still in his mid-twenties and within a short time won recognition, primarily through his still-life painting, as one of this country's most adept and successful artists. During the Depression , when other artists, especially the young and unestablished, found it extremely difficult to earn a living from their art, Lucioni could not produce his exquisitely composed, meticulously finished canvases quickly enough to satisfy the demand. Private collectors and public institutions across the country, including the Fogg Art Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art, acquired examples of his work, often while they were still hanging on the walls of his gallery in New York. Featured in group shows from Dallas to Milwaukee and Memphis, Lucioni cultivated and maintained a truly national reputation. In 1932 Lucioni had his first one-man show in Boston and scored a tremendous coup when The Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased his luminous Dahlias and Apples.. Suddenly, Lucioni's name was in the headlines of the art pages. "This is believed to be the first time an artist of Lucioni's years has been represented at the Metropolitan," it was reported in the New York Herald Tribune. "Painted with realistic skill and a modern feeling for composition, it is viewed as a characteristic and excellent work of the young painter." Early in January of the following year Henry McBride, art critic for the New York Sun, found the crowd attending the opening of Lucioni's show at the Ferargil Galleries, which also handled the work of Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, "quite formidable." he then went on to note with obvious admiration and pleasure: "There is no success quite like Mr. Lucioni's. It is both painting and personal. The people see the pictures, are enraptured with them and say he is exactly as they thought he must be and then they buy several. It is very delightful and quite as it should be. The pity is there is only one Mr. Lucioni in this town." Later that season a still life by Lucioni could be seen in the Whitney Museum's First Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting. REF: MOMA



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Estimate $300 - $400Feb 25, 2018