Francesco Spicuzza

Artwork

Boats in Berlin Harbor, c. 1929
Francesco Spicuzza

Boats in Berlin Harbor, c. 1929

Pastel on cheesecloth

25 x 33 in

$5,000.00

Couple on Bench at the Beach, c.1910
Francesco Spicuzza

Couple on Bench at the Beach, c.1910

Pastel on paperboard, signed lower left F. Spicuzza

6.88 x 9.88 in

Price on Request

Flowers in Blue Vase, 2007
Francesco Spicuzza

Flowers in Blue Vase, 2007

Giclee print on watercolor paper after c.1930 pastel

10 x 6.50 in

$375.00

Lake Michigan Beach Scene, c.1910
Francesco Spicuzza

Lake Michigan Beach Scene, c.1910

Oil on canvas glued to board, signed lower left F. Spicuzza

6 x 7.50 in

Price on Request

Portrait of The Artist's Mother-in-Law, 1908
Francesco Spicuzza

Portrait of The Artist's Mother-in-Law, 1908

Pastel, signed

26 x 18.75 in

$7,500.00

Boy Launching Toy Sailboat #353, c.1948
Francesco Spicuzza

Boy Launching Toy Sailboat #353, c.1948

Graphite drawing, w/stamped signature

8 x 9 in

$1,150.00

Couple on Bench at the Beach, 2007
Francesco Spicuzza

Couple on Bench at the Beach, 2007

Giclee print on watercolor paper after c.1910 pastel

6.50 x 9 in

$550.00

Flowers in Blue Vase, 2006
Francesco Spicuzza

Flowers in Blue Vase, 2006

Giclee print on watercolor paper after c.1930 pastel on paperboard, signed lower right Spicuzza

19.13 x 13 in

$950.00

Lake Michigan Shore, c.1930's
Francesco Spicuzza

Lake Michigan Shore, c.1930's

Oil on board signed w/ signature stamp

10 x 10 in

$3,500.00

Rocky Shore, c.1930's
Francesco Spicuzza

Rocky Shore, c.1930's

Oil on board signed w/signature stamp

10 x 12 in

$3,200.00

Cabin on Lake Michigan Shore, c. 1930
Francesco Spicuzza

Cabin on Lake Michigan Shore, c. 1930

Oil on Board, signed

14 x 20 in

$4,800.00

Female Bather Back View, c.1940
Francesco Spicuzza

Female Bather Back View, c.1940

Pencil, signed

7.13 x 4.50 in

$950.00

Flowers in Vase w/Handles, 2007
Francesco Spicuzza

Flowers in Vase w/Handles, 2007

Giclee print on watercolor paper after c.1930 pastel

10 x 6.50 in

$375.00

Monkey Island at Washington Park Zoo, 1950
Francesco Spicuzza

Monkey Island at Washington Park Zoo, 1950

Graphite & charcoal on paper

8.50 x 11.75 x 21.12 in

$2,200.00

Self Portrait, 1948
Francesco Spicuzza

Self Portrait, 1948

Oil on masonite, signed

32 x 38 in

Price on Request

Children Playing in Water-Lake Michigan (The Splash), c.1910
Francesco Spicuzza

Children Playing in Water-Lake Michigan (The Splash), c.1910

Black & white silver gelatin photo (with grid)

12.13 x 11 in

$5,500.00

Floral, c.1920
Francesco Spicuzza

Floral, c.1920

Pastel, signed Spicuzza lower right

14 x 12 in

$900.00

Flowers in Vase With Handles, c.1930
Francesco Spicuzza

Flowers in Vase With Handles, c.1930

Pastel on paperboard, signed lower right Spicuzza

19 x 13 in

$2,800.00

Pencil Sketch-Lake Michigan Bathers Reverse-Photo of a painting of 5 Bathers Wading in Lake Michigan, w/estate signature stamp, 1916
Francesco Spicuzza

Pencil Sketch-Lake Michigan Bathers Reverse-Photo of a painting of 5 Bathers Wading in Lake Michigan, w/estate signature stamp, 1916

Pencil & reverse: black & white silver gelatin photo, signed

3.38 x 4 in

$1,500.00

Snowcapped Mountain, c.1930's
Francesco Spicuzza

Snowcapped Mountain, c.1930's

Oil on board signed w/ signature stamp

10 x 8 in

$2,800.00

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Francesco Spicuzza
Francesco J. Spicuzza, born in Sicily on July 23, 1883, came to America at the age of 8. He supported himself as a fruit peddler until a newspaperman gave him $4 a week to go to school. He attended classes at the Milwaukee Art Students League, where he studied under Alexander Mueller. There he learned to paint in the then-fashionable "Munich School" technique, with detailed realism in heavy browns and grayed-out hues. Spicuzza completed eight grades in four years, and then in 1911, three businessmen advanced him enough money to allow him to study in New York under artist and teacher John Carlson. It was during this time that Spicuzza changed his style of painting, developing an impressionistic use of color, form and atmospheric renditions. After a period of grinding poverty, one of Spicuzza's pictures won a major New York competition. It was the first of 60 wins, both in the U.S. and Paris. He became a fashionable painter, and many of the leading collections have his work. Spicuzza's typical works were beach scenes, still life, landscapes and portraits done in pastels, oils, ink, charcoal and watercolors. Much of his work traced the history of Milwaukee in the early 1900s. He was probably best known for his scenes of women and children splashing in the waves at Bradford and McKinley beaches. Spicuzza married Amber E. Breckow in 1907. They had two daughters, Sylvia and Marguerite (Mrs. Sydney Hambling). Amber believed in Spicuzza's work and had been the one to urge him to set up a studio. He used to say that her encouragement was largely responsible for making him stick to his art. Described as "a gentle and tolerant man," Spicuzza accepted new schools of art but retained his own style. As modern art caught up with him and then passed him, he said with a wry smile, "I was considered crazy? far out? then. Now I'm thought old-fashioned, conservative." Later in his career, Spicuzza taught at the Milwaukee Art Institute and also gave private art lessons. He painted up until just weeks before he passed away; he died of pneumonia at age 78. Recipient of the 2008 Wisconsin Visual Artist Lifetime Achievement Award
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