Art: Good Green Vermonter

Luigi Lucioni has been called the most popular American painter since Gilbert Stuart. That is an exaggeration, but not a wild one. Lucioni has made outdoor Vermont his bailiwick, and no one paints it better. Working slowly and meticulously from nature, with tiny camel's-hair brushes, he mixes weathered barns, shady elms, blue-green hills and white steeples into canvases as crisp as a good salad.

That the salad goes down well with the American middlebrow was proved once again last week by a retrospective show of Lucioni's work in Manhattan. Visitors admired the tight, slick portraits and painstaking still lifes with which Lucioni...

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