Tuesday, October 23, 2012

1930s America's Great Depression - O. Louis Guglielmi (1906-1956)



Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Subway Exit 1946

Born in Cairo, Egypt, of Italian parents, O. Louis Guglielmi (1906-1956) was sensitive to the changing social scene during his brief 50-year life. The family soon moved to Italy, traveling because of his father's employment as a professional violinist. In 1914, they made Harlem's Italian slum in New York City their home. Personal experience with homelessness, hunger, & society's unfortunates strongly affected young Guglielmi's art. During the Great Depression, the WPA and Public Works Administration employed him between 1934 & 1939, as he combined symbolism with manipulation of light, color, space, & scale. He compassionately portrayed ordinary people, especially the disadvantaged, showing them sitting in front of tenements, bored by the tedium of unemployment or forced onto welfare rolls, their dignity barely intact. After 3 years in the army, he quickly resumed painting & taught at Louisiana State University and the New School for Social Research in New York City. In his last years, he painted completely abstract works.

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Connecticut Autumn 1937

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Wedding

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Martyr Hill 1933-34

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Recurrent Theme in Red 1943

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Relief Blues 1938

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) South Street Stoop, 1935

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) The River 1942

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Women of Peterboro 1932

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Brooklyn Piscatorial 1941

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Mental Geography 1938

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) The Gallants 1940

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Town Square 1936-39

Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (American painter, 1906-1956) Tumblers



1 comment:

  1. Wow I have never seen his work but tonight discovered his fantastic stuff, thankyou for posting this.

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