Mark Reinfurt compiling Catalog Raisonne of Luigi Lucioni paintings
MANCHESTER, VERMONT, October 2003. A Catalog Raisonne detailing all known oil paintings and watercolors by major American 20th century realist Luigi Lucioni (1900-1988) is well underway by Mark Reinfurt, owner of Equinox Antiques and Fine Art in Manchester, Vermont.
After curating three major exhibitions of the artist's work, Reinfurt, who has been working on the project for the past several months, said there is a great need for the completion of a Catalog Raisonne of Lucioni's works since no published format exists. Reinfurt said he fell in love with the artist's work after visiting Robert Deeley's gallery when he moved to Vermont in 1984.
Currently Reinfurt is aware of approximately 85 oil paintings in public institutions, art galleries, dealers and private residences. He believes that there may be up to 500 completed between 1920-when the artist gained recognition for his portraiture, still lifes and landscapes-until his death in 1988.
Using international data resources, e-mail, Web sites, telephone, hard mail, referrals, scheduled appointments and global community assistance Reinfurt is researching all known public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, private villas in Italy, friends of the deceased artist, all major fine arts museums in the United States and art galleries in New York, Vermont and California.
Reinfurt said the greatest link to the process is the original relationships established between artist and client.
“The support and enthusiasm has been overwhelming with worldwide cooperation supporting this monumental project,” Reinfurt said. He encourages anyone who owns a signed and dated Lucioni oil painting or watercolor to contact him for inclusion in the Catalog Raisonne.
Year by year, signed and dated execution, style change and influences, site locations, travel experiences, letters of correspondence associated with the artist will be documented and presented. No etchings by the artist will be under consideration for this Catalog Raisonne.
All works will need to be authenticated and examined in person by Reinfurt for consideration in the Catalog Raisonne. Each image will be presented with a color plate image, a glossary of provenance, a listing of institution locations, or related private collections. Confidentiality is assured to each participant.
The Catalog Raisonne will be completed in a standard professional format similar to Barbara Lyons compendium of Georgia O'Keeffe's oil paintings, which took several years to complete. The Lucioni project is a commitment in process to the heritage and talent of this wonderful artist, Reinfurt said.
Currently there are three publishing houses considering promotion and financial support of the completed Catalog Raisonne, thus establishing in written form a firm spot for this artist's work in the history of 20th century American art.
Reinfurt said, when completed, the Catalog Raisonne will allow the breadth and depth of Lucioni's paintings to be shared with an international audience of admirers.
Any private individual or public institution who owns a signed and dated Luigi Lucioni oil painting or watercolor listed between 1920 and 1988 is asked to contact Mark Reinfurt, owner of Equinox Antiques & Fine Art at the gallery: 802-362-3540 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or e-mail markreinfurt@equinoxantiques, or visit www.luigilucioni.com.