Gianni Cilfone (1908-1990) was an Italian/American Post-War Impressionist. Like many of his contemporaries, he painted fast, capturing his impressions, using various colors and brushstrokes to create depth and lighting effects. Cilfone was schooled at the Art Institute of Chicago and painted expressive impressionistic landscape depictions in Brown County, Indiana (much like the image shown above) with the Hoosier Salon between 1949 and 1958. He exhibited at the North Shore Arts Association in Illinois, the Association of Chicago Painters and Sculptors, and at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1929. In addition to his exhibitions, he lectured and gave painting demonstrations throughout the Midwest. Cilfone’s style is a throw back to the past French masters twisted with expressive brush strokes and colors, highlighting familiar Midwest American landscapes. His style differs from that of the traditional landscape painters of his day such as Howard Hulsman (American, 20th Century) who painted with more organized lines and realistic depictions using blended colors and brushstrokes. His painting, Moonrise, illustrates a bright orange harvest moon, set high on the horizon overlooking hills and valleys of autumn trees. His use of warm colors contrasted with a mix of cool lavender and periwinkle add depth and visual persuasion, luring the eye inward.
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