Contact 1stdibs
"Portrait of the Artist's Mother-in-Law" is an original pastel drawing by Francesco Spicuzza. The artist signed the piece in the lower right. This drawing depicts an elderly woman in beige clothing in front of a warm neutral background. 

26" x 18
Want more images or videos?
Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 8

Francesco Spicuzza
"Portrait of the Artist's Mother-In-Law," Pastel signed by Francesco Spicuzza

1908

About

"Portrait of the Artist's Mother-in-Law" is an original pastel drawing by Francesco Spicuzza. The artist signed the piece in the lower right. This drawing depicts an elderly woman in beige clothing in front of a warm neutral background. 26" x 18 3/4" art 34 7/8" x 28 7/8" frame 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

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 34.875 in. x W 28.875 in.H 88.59 cm x W 73.35 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    LU60532438831
  • Seller Reference Number
    2065d
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity

    Some items may require special handling and packaging. Request a shipping quote to see what options are available to your destination.

  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 14 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
Platinum
1stdibs seller since 2017
Typical response time: 2 hours
Located in Milwaukee, WI
More From This Seller
"Flowers in Vase with Handles," Pastel on Paperboard signed by F. Spicuzza
"Flowers in Vase with Handles," Pastel on Paper...
Francesco Spicuzza
1930s Still-life Drawings and Watercolours
Paper, Pastel, Board
"Floral," Pastel Vivid Still-life of Flowers signed by Francesco Spicuzza
"Floral," Pastel Vivid Still-life of Flowers si...
Francesco Spicuzza
1920s Modern Still-life Drawings and Watercolours
Paper, Pastel
"Couple on Bench at the Beach" Pastel on Paperboard signed by Francesco Spicuzza
"Couple on Bench at the Beach" Pastel on Paperb...
Francesco Spicuzza
1910s Impressionist Figurative Paintings
Paper, Pastel, Board
"Boats in Berlin Harbor," Pastel on Cheesecloth by Francesco Spicuzza
"Boats in Berlin Harbor," Pastel on Cheesecloth...
Francesco Spicuzza
1920s American Modern More Art
Pastel
You May Also Like
A Brown Eyed Girl
A Brown Eyed Girl
Rolf Armstrong
1910s Art Nouveau Portrait Drawings and Watercolours
Pastel, Illustration Board
Jewel Flowers In Hawaiian Lei
Jewel Flowers In Hawaiian Lei
Rolf Armstrong
1950s American Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolours
Pastel, Illustration Board
Naomi Johnson Ziegfeld Follies Portrait
Naomi Johnson Ziegfeld Follies Portrait
John Knowles Hare
1920s Art Deco Portrait Drawings and Watercolours
Pastel, Illustration Board
Final Preliminary Study for Delightful
Final Preliminary Study for Delightful
Rolf Armstrong
1950s American Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolours
Pastel, Illustration Board
Puppy Love
Puppy Love
Fitz Boynton
1930s American Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolours
Pastel, Illustration Board
Blonde Chorine
Blonde Chorine
Earl Steffa Moran
1930s Art Deco Portrait Drawings and Watercolours
Pastel, Illustration Board
Fisherman's Luck
Fisherman's Luck
Earl Moran
1940s American Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolours
Pastel, Illustration Board
Study of an Indian Model
Study of an Indian Model
Arthur B. Davies
20th Century Portrait Drawings and Watercolours
Chalk, Pastel

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries