Author David Brody, Contributions by Thomas Denenberg and Katie Wood Kirchhoff and Alexander Nemerov and Richard Saunders
A revelatory look at this Italian-American modernist painter of highly realistic and romanticized still lifes, landscapes, and portraits drawn from his life in the gay New York scene and rural Vermont.
This first comprehensive survey of the life and work of Luigi Lucioni (1900–1988) places him in the context of fellow Regionalist painters Grant Wood, Charles Sheeler, and Maxfield Parrish. Lucioni is known for meticulously rendered still lifes, landscapes, and arresting portraits drawn from his close-knit circle of queer New York artists and cultural figures, including Paul Cadmus, Jared French, George Platt Lynes, and Lincoln Kirstein. In the early 1930s, Lucioni discovered Vermont, whose landscapes reminded him of northern Italy. It was there that he met Electra Havemeyer Webb, who was to become his single most important patron. For more than 50 years, the New York City–based artist spent every summer painting landscapes of trees, barns, and buildings in Vermont with sharply observed realism and a cool, precise style.
Key scholars examine Lucioni’s oeuvre, materials, techniques, and his role in American modernism.
About The Author
David Brody is Professor of Design Studies at Parson School of Design at the New School. Thomas Denenberg is Director of Shelburne Museum. Katie Wood Kirchhoff is Associate Curator at Shelburne Museum. Alexander Nemerov is Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. Nancie Ravenel is Object Conservator, Preservation and Conservation at Shelburne Museum. Richard Saunders is Director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art.