Luigi Lucioni

American, 1900 - 1988
Luigi Lucioni, best known for his Realist landscapes and still lifes, immigrated to the U.S. in 1911 and settled in New Jersey. Lucioni pursed his interest in art by attending evening courses at Copper Union from 1916-1920, then proceeded to the National Academy of Design from 1920 to 1925 and was awarded the Tiffany Foundation Scholarship, enabling him to return to Italy briefly. Lucioni established a studio in Washington Square, NYC, where he remained active until 1945. Lucioni's amazing attention to detail comes as a result of his work as an etcher (1922), which stressed sharp, linear precision. While he was in Italy, Lucioni studied early Renaissance work that left a lasting impression on the artist. His crisp, detailed, flat patterns are similar to 15th century Flemish Masters. Lucioni won many honors throughout his career and taught portrait painting at the Art Students League in NYC.

Biography courtesy of The Caldwell Gallery,
Born in Malnate, Italy in 1900, Luigi Lucioni became one of America's most brilliant landscape painters, whose works have been noted for their heightened realism and photographic attention to detail.

Lucioni came to the United States in 1911. Five years later he began studying at Cooper Union with William Starkweather. In 1920 he studied with William Auerbach Levy at the National Academy of Design.

Lucioni's attention to detail can be traced to his early work as an etcher in 1922; mastering a technique which stressed sharp linear precision was instrumental in developing Lucioni's precise painting style. In 1924, Lucioni won Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, which enabled him to go back to his homeland to study Italian primitives. He responded immediately to the realism of early Renaissance painting, which left a lasting impression on his work. As he incorporated realism into his own work, Lucioni's paintings became more meticulous. His crisp, somewhat flat pattern and detail have been likened to the microscopic approach of the fifteenth-century Flemish masters.

Beginning in 1929, he spent part of each year in Vermont, where he painted still lifes and landscapes of the hills and barns. He later taught at the Art Students League in New York, won many honors during his distinguished career. He took first prize in 1939 at the Carnegie International, and his 1941 portrait of John La Farge was voted best painting by a visitors to the Corcoran Biennial in Washington, D.C.

Despite his lack of conscious effort toward the experimental or avant-garde, Lucioni's work has always been popular. Lucioni lives in Union City, New Jersey.

Allied art Association
Brooklyn Society of Etchers

Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Biography courtesy of Roughton Galleries,
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