Dahlias and Apples, 1931

by Luigi Lucioni (1900–1988)

Oil on canvas
22⅛ x 18⅛ inches
Signed and dated lower left: L. Lucioni 31

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Provenance

The artist

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, acquired from above, 1932

The artist, exchange from above, ca. 1934

Private collection, New York, (possibly) from above, 1982–1991

Richard York Gallery, New York, New York, by 1991

Mark Goldman, Sunapee, New Hampshire, acquired from above, 2001

Sale, William Smith Auctions, Plainfield, New Hampshire, September 12, 2020, lot 14, from above

 

Exhibited

American Art Association–Anderson Galleries, New York, New York, Tiffany Foundation 12th Annual Exhibition, November 5–25, 1931

Ferargil Galleries, New York, New York, Portraits, Landscapes and Still Lifes by Luigi Lucioni, February 1–15, 1932, no. 10

Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, Paintings by James Chapin, John R. Grabach, and Luigi Lucioni, October 3–27, 1940, no. 40

(Possibly) Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York

Coe Kerr Gallery, New York, New York

Richard York Gallery, New York, New York, Luigi Lucioni: Still Lifes, March 15–April 20, 1991, no. 2

Richard York Gallery, New York, New York, American Still Lifes: 1815–1955, 1991–1992

John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, Tradition, American Realism: Past and Present, February 1–March 30, 1996

 

Literature

“Artist, 31, Sells Still-Life Canvas To Metropolitan,” New York Herald Tribune, February 24, 1932.

“Metropolitan Buys Painting by Lucioni,” The New York Times, February 24, 1932, p. 18.

Art News 30, no. 13 (March 5, 1932).

The New York Times, March 6, 1932.

Corriere D’America, March 6, 1932.

The New York Times, March 16, 1932.

Art Digest 6 (March 1932).

The Literary Digest, April 2, 1932.

Nic Madorno and Katurah Hutchinson, Luigi Lucioni: Still Lifes (New York: Richard York Gallery, 1991), no. 2.

John Russell, “Paintings That Liberate the Viewer’s Imagination,” New York Times, April 12, 1991.

Stuart P. Embury, The Art and Life of Luigi Lucioni: A Contribution Towards a Catalogue Raisonné (Stuart P. Embury, 2006), 19, 26, 113, 138, no. 31.11.

 

Note: With the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s purchase of this work in the early 1930s, it’s possible that Lucioni became the first and youngest living artist to be acquired by the institution. The New York Herald Tribune wrote “it will soon be placed on view in company with many distinguished paintings of the American school... painted with realistic skill and a modern feeling for composition, it is viewed as a characteristic and excellent work of the young painter.”[1]



[1] “Artist, 31, Sells Still-Life Canvas To Metropolitan,” New York Herald Tribune, February 24, 1932.

Artist Biography

Luigi Lucioni emigrated from his native Italy to the United States in 1911. Already interested in art from the age of six, Lucioni continued his studies at New York schools including the Cooper Union and National Academy of Art and was later granted a scholarship from the Tiffany Foundation. He traveled to Italy in 1925 where he discovered what he referred to as “classic realism” in the works of Italian masters Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna and Leonardo Di Vinci. Lucioni returned to America, where he received his first solo exhibition in 1927. His works were

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Luigi Lucioni emigrated from his native Italy to the United States in 1911. Already interested in art from the age of six, Lucioni continued his studies at New York schools including the Cooper Union and National Academy of Art and was later granted a scholarship from the Tiffany Foundation. He traveled to Italy in 1925 where he discovered what he referred to as “classic realism” in the works of Italian masters Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna and Leonardo Di Vinci. Lucioni returned to America, where he received his first solo exhibition in 1927. His works were marked by a heightened realism created through invisible brushstrokes and a concentration on the essential elements of each pictured object, especially in his still lifes. One critic described viewing his paintings as similar to “looking at the world through strong myopic lenses.” Lucioni received great praise throughout his life and was an exhibitor at numerous venues including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Corcoran Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago. Today, his works may be viewed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Denver Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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