Antonio Cirino (1889 - 1983)
View of Gloucester, Massachusetts, n.d.
Oil on canvasboard
8 x 10 inches
Signed at lower right: ACIRINO
Arts & Crafts style frame
Antonio Cirino was born in Italy and came to America as a child. He lived in Providence, Rhode Island, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design from 1904-1909 and later taught there. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree from Columbia Teachers College in 1912. He studied art in Italy and was a pupil of Arthur Wesley Dow. He later taught at Columbia, Illinois State University and Indiana University.
Cirino joined the Salmagundi Club of New York City in 1926 as a non-resident Artist Member. He actively contributed to the exhibitions until his death, November 28, 1983. He bequeathed many of his finest works to the club. He was a devoted plein-air painter who enjoyed painting the fishing villages and harbors of Cape Ann. He was a founding member of the Rockport Art Association, to whom he also left a sizable collection of paintings. In his will he established the Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund to provide scholarships to prospective art educators.