FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kristen Levesque
Shelburne Museum presents a Virtual Exhibition Opening – Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light
SHELBURNE, Vt. (March 24, 2022) Shelburne Museum presents a webinar, Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light, on Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m. This special 75th anniversary presentation by Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff highlights the work of Luigi Lucioni and is timed with the launch of an online exhibition and release of a new book on the 20th-century artist, who often painted in Vermont.
The webinar and online exhibition are in advance of an exhibition at the museum opening on June 25.
Dubbed Vermont’s “Painter Laureate” by Life magazine in 1937, realist painter and printmaker Luigi Lucioni is best known for his scenes of the state. He often painted at the Shelburne home of Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb, who was one of his biggest patrons. Lucioni spent winters in New York City and summers in Vermont, teaching at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Known during his lifetime as a technically sophisticated realist who favored the play of light and shadows on weathered barns and stately trees, Lucioni contributed to the genre that art historian Bruce Robertson has termed “Yankee Modernism.” Lucioni, along with Paul Sample, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Sheeler, and Andrew Wyeth, depicted a landscape and a people, orderly yet odd, who embodied an idealized set of “American” values in an era of great social and political change.
This summer, Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light will be on view in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education’s Murphy Gallery from June 25 through October 16, 2022.
To register for this free webinar, please visit
Image Caption: Luigi Lucioni, Village of Stowe, Vermont, 1931. Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 33 1/2 in. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of the Estate of Mrs. George P. Douglas.
Hi-res images available upon request.
About Shelburne Museum
Founded in 1947 by trailblazing folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, is the largest art and history museum in northern New England and Vermont’s foremost public resource for visual art and material culture. The Museum’s 45-acre campus is comprised of 39 buildings including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Webb Gallery featuring important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley and many more. For more information, please visit shelburnemuseum.org.