Lucioni and Caulder

Luigi Lucioni was born in Malnate, Italy in 1900, and his family eventually emigrated to New York City in 1911. After finding success as a young student, Lucioni stopped attending school after completing the eighth grade until he started attending college at age 15. His attendance to Cooper Union in Manhattan came about by way of a competition. He was always considered a strong minded person with a touch of stubbornness, and his strict adherence to his own particular style with no sense of contemporary trends. This technically sound etching serves as a wonderful rendition of two barns beneath expertly rendered oak trees.

Name: Untitled | Date of Print: 1952 | Type of Print: Etching, printed in sepia | Artist: Luigi Lucioni | Nationality: American | Artist Life Span: 1900-1988

Born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania in 1898, Alexander Calder was an artist best known for his origination of the mobile. His mobiles were kinetic sculptures that would balance and suspend components in space as they moved, and inversely his static sculptures were referred to as stabiles. His early life and career led him to study mechanical engineering, and when asked about this decision he commented, “I wanted to be an engineer because some guy I rather liked was a mechanical engineer, that’s all”. His good nature and charming sense of humor were appreciated by anyone who became acquainted with him. It was at least three years after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering that Calder began his career as an artist while working as a timekeeper at a logging camp in Aberdeen, Washington. He had written home in request of paint and brushes after having been inspired by the scenery and soon thereafter devoted his working life to a career in art. This prompted a move to New York City and an enrollment to the Art Students League, where he studied briefly with Thomas Hart Benton. His journey with printmaking began in Paris in 1926, and eventually led to the color lithograph before you. The geometric shapes and connecting lines are seemingly two-dimensional representations of his abstract sculpture work at the time. Their appearance of being balloons or large balancing shapes is perhaps an intentional lack of clarity, prompting the viewer to contemplate the sensation of weight.

Name: Free Form | Date of Print: 1940 | Type of Print: Color Lithograph | Artist: Alexander Caulder | Nationality: American | Artist Life Span: 1898-1976