Pillars of Vermont
Luigi Lucioni (11/04/1900-1988) was born in Malante in the Italian Alps. He moved to the United States in 1911 and settled in North Bergen, New Jersey. He attended night classes at Cooper Union between 1915 and 1919, studying with William Starkweather. In 1919 he began attending the National Academy of Design, and remained there until 1923. He studied etching there under the direction of William Auerbach Levy. He made his first etchings in 1922 and during the next 60 years produced over 169 works in this medium. The majority of subjects after 1930 relate to his adopted state of Vermont. His still lifes depicted everyday objects that complement each other through color, shape and texture. His landscapes also reflect his attention to detail. He won a Tiffany Foundation Fellowship at the age of 24, this allowed him to travel to Italy where he studied the works of the Italian Primitives. He returned to New York City where he taught at the Art Students League and spent his summers painting the Vermont countryside. In 1927 he had his first solo exhibition at the Ferargil Galleries in New York and in 1932 became the youngest artist to have a painting purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was awarded the L.C. Tiffany Foundation Medal and the Allied Artists of America Seventeenth Annual Exhibition Medal of Honor. He was a member of the Associated American Artists, the Tiffany Art Group, and the Society of American Etchers. Lucioni's work has been featured in exhibitions at the St. Louis City Art Museum and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work is part of many permanent collections including Seattle Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mobile Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Georgia Museum of Art.