Luigi Lucioni was an Italian-born American painter and printmaker best known for his detailed portraits, still lifes, and landscapes of the Vermont countryside. “You can't cope with nature,” Lucioni has said. “You can't put in all the little things that nature can do so easily and you can't. So you have to get the essentials of these things, and that is my idea of realism.” Born on November 4, 1900 in Malnate, Italy, his family immigrated to New York in 1911 and eventual settled in Union City, NJ. Though he never finished primary school, Lucioni was admitted to Cooper Union at the age of 15, where he studied painting. At that time he was also working for a Brooklyn engraving company and soon after attended the National Academy of Design. The artist died on July 22, 1988 in New York, NY.