Luigi Lucioni Original Pencil Signed New England Etching Leaning Silo 1940 Unframed

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Leaning Silo is an original landscape etching by well known American artist Luigi Lucioni. This original print was hand signed in pencil by Lucioni and published in 1940 in a Limited Edition of 148 by Associated American Artists (AAA) of New York.

This is the original signed print. It is not a reproduction.

Title: Leaning Silo
Artist: Luigi Lucioni - (1900-1988) - Italian born American artist
Technique: Original Etching
Signature: Signed in pencil by the artist
Date Published: 1940
Edition: From a Limited Edition of 148 published by Associated American Artists (AAA).
Dimensions: Sheet size - 11-1/8 x 14 inches, Image size - 7-1/4 x 10-1/2 inches.
Condition: Excellent Condition without any flaws. Without age toning, foxing, tears, or creases.
References: Luigi Lucioni Etchings (1976); Associated American Artists Index (2015), Print No. 406.
Printing: A strong impression printed in warm black ink on handmade cream wove paper.
Presentation: Unmatted and unframed. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve.
Description: Lucioni drew much of his inspiration from the New England countryside with a particular interest in Vermont where he spent the summers. The focal point of this scene of old weathered farm buildings is the leaning silo in the center of the image.

As with most of his other works, Leaning Silo is more like a painting than an etching. Lucioni didn't rely on sharp contrasts, preferring instead subtle tones to portray the intricacies of trees, buildings, and sky.

This is a fine etching characteristic of Lucioni's strong, rustic landscapes with the character and tonal qualities of a painting. A good example of why he was named "painter laureate" of Vermont by Life magazine.

Luigi Lucioni was born in Malnate, Italy. He came to the United States as a child in 1911 and later studied at Cooper Union Art School (1916-1920) and the National Academy of Design (1920-1925). A painter of portraits and still lifes, he is most famous for his etchings of Vermont landscapes.

Lucioni spent his summers in Vermont and the rest of the year in New York. Many of his etchings are of the Vermont countryside. Life Magazine referred to him as the state’s “Artist Laureate.”

Lucioni was also devoted to the opera, and he painted portraits of many opera stars, including Arturo Toscanini. He played the piano himself.

Lucioni is represented in many major collections and museum including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Library of Congress, London's Victoria and Albert Museum, New York Public Library, Carnegie Institute, Dartmouth College, and others.

During his artistic career he was the recipient of many awards and prizes including the Tiffany Medal, 1928; National Arts Club Prize for flower painting, 1939; Purchase Prize, Library of Congress, 1946; First $1,000 prize, Second National Print Exhibition, New York, 1947; and Purchase Prize N.A.D., 1959.

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