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|In 1925 Antonio Martino's painting instructor wrote a note of congratulations to his talented student who, at the age of twenty-three, had two paintings accepted in the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition. The teacher was pleased that his student's work was being shown with the nation's outstanding painters. Besides, Martino's landscapes bore sold signs. . . he was urged to continue painting, which he did for the next fifty years. Antonio Martino's work is a prominent example of the long tradition of realistic painting and instruction in Philadelphia. |
The instructor who wrote the congratulatory letter was Albert Jean Adolphe, a student of Jean Leon Gerome in Paris, as was Thomas Eakins. In addition to this strong background, Martino also absorbed the light, colour and atmosphere of Impressionism and the solid form of Cubism.
Early in his career he decided to concentrate on landscapes, and painted along the Darby Creek and on the Delaware River above New Hope. He first exhibited at age seventeen, and while still in his early twenties was winning prizes in Philadelphia at the Art Club, the Sketch Club, and at the Sesquicentennial, and in New York at the National Academy of Design. These landscapes were painted out of doors with the direct impressionistic brushwork of Redfield and Schofield. Later he did countless views of Manayunk and East coast subjects, gradually developing his personal style of solid, simplified compositions in rich tone and colour. Bill Campbell, Antonio Martino a Retrospective, Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, 1982.
Martino was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 13, 1902, and died in Thousand Oaks, California on September 3, 1988.
Peterson and Gerdts, Pennsylvania Impressionism
|Biography from Newman Galleries:|
|Antonio Martino was born in Philadelphia in 1902. He studied art at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Spring Garden Institute of Art, and the La France Institute.|
Among his more than eighty awards are: the First Altman Award, National Academy of Design, 1926; First Hallgarten Prize, National Academy of Design, 1927; Honorable Mention, Philadelphia Sketch Club, 1925; Medal, Philadelphia Sketch Club, 1926; Murphy Memorial Prize, National Academy of Design, 1926; Honorable Mention, Art Institute of Chicago; Prize, Philadelphia Art Club, 1925; First Prize, DaVinci Annual Exhibition; Jennie Sesnan Gold Medal, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1938; Medal, Philadelphia Museum of School of Fine Arts, 1939; Bronze Medal, Philadelphia Sesqui-Centennial, 1926; Prize, Wanamaker Regional Exhibition, 1935.
Martino was a member of the American Watercolor Society, which selected him for a Dolphin Fellowship; the Philadelphia Watercolor Society; DaVinci Art Alliance; Philadelphia Sketch Club; and in 1938, he was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design.
His work was exhibited throughout the country at the Whitney Museum, New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the National Academy of Design; the San Bernardino Museum, California; and also at the Royal Academy Watercolor Society in London, England.
His paintings are represented in over twenty-five public collections including: the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Woodmere Art Museum; the University of Delaware; the Reading Museum; the Wanamaker Gallery; the National Academy of Design, New York; American Watercolor Society; and the Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio.
Martino died in California in 1988.
|Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:|
|From an artist supplied biography:|
Antonio Martino, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1902
Education : Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art; Spring Garden Art Institute; Graphic Sketch Club; LaFrance Institute.
1925 Honorable Mention at Philadelphia Sketch Club;
1925 Honorable Mention Art Club of Philadelphia;
1926 Medal at Philadelphia Sketch Club;
1926 Bronze Medal for the Sesquicentennial in Philadelphia;
1926 J. Francis Murphy memorial prize at National Academy;
1927 First Hallgarten Prize at National Academy;
1934 Wanamaker Regional Art Purchase Przie;
1937 First Hallgarten Prize at National Academy;
1938 Jennie Sesman Medal at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts;
1938 Purchase recommendation at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts;
1938 Honorable Mention DaVinci Alliance Annual;
1939 Award ofr work of highest merit, alumni at Museum School of Industrial Art;
1940 International Business Machine Purchase Award;
1940 IBM Contemporary American Art Exhibit at Golden Gate International Exposition, fourth prize;
1941 second Honorable Mention Butler Art Institute;
1942 Gold medal DaVinci Alliance Annual;
1942 Woodmere Art Gallery Purchase Award;
1943 First Altman award at National Academy;
1943 Albet H. Sonn Memorial Prize at the Salmagundi Club;
1944 Indiana State Teachers College Third Prize;
1944 First Prize DaVinci Annual;
1945 Hans Obst Prize at the American Watercolor Society;
1945 James Vesin Purchase Prize at the Salmagundi Club;
1946 Adolph & Clara Obrig Prize at American Watercolor Society;
1946 Honorable Mention the Art Institute of Chicago 57th Annual American Water Color Exhibit;
1946 Fred Ludwig Watercolor award for Audubon Artists;
1947 Wolfe Memorial Prize DaVinci Alliance;
1948 first Honorable Mention Salmagundi Club;
1950 first oil picture prize Cape May, NJ;
1950 Scranton Purchase Prize;
1951 Lehigh Purchase Prize;
1951 Purchase prize by National Academy;
1952 Purchase prize by Terry National Art Exhibition;
1952 Honorable Mention at Cheltenham Art Center Exhibit;
1952 Bronze DaVinci Alliance;
1953 Prize Salmagundi Hugo Easter Prize;
1953 Hans A. Obst Purchase prize American Watercolor Society;
1953 Springville Art Association Purchase Prize;
1954 Purchase Prize Hickory Museum of Art;
1955 Phila. Art Alliance;
1956 Special Woodmere Art Gallery Seascape Prize;
1956 first prize Salmagundi Club;
1957 first oil prize Wayne Art Gallery;
1957 Delaware Art Center;
1958 Wilmington Society of Art Prize;
1958 National Arts Club gold medal of honor;
1958 First prize Chester county Art Association;
1958 Chautaqua Art Association Award;
1958 First Prize watercolor Chester County art association;
1960 Second oil prize National Arts Club;
1960 First Prize Watercolor West Chester Art Assoc;
1961 Kudner Purchase Prize American Water Color Society;
1961 Wilmington Society of Fine Arts Honorable Mention.
Wanamaker collection; The Carlisle Museum; The Reading Museum; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; IBM; Woodmere Art Gallery; New Haven Print and Clay Club; Philadelphia Watercolor Club; American Watercolor Society; Allentown Museum; Friends Central School; Springville High School; Parrish Art Museum; City of Cape May; National Academy of Design; Everhart Museum; Randolph Macon Women's College; Lehigh University.
Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; National Academy of Design; Corcoran Gallery; Art Institute of Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art; Butler Art Institute; Royal Academy in London; Golden Gate International Exposition; Colorado Springs Art Museum; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; New York World's Fair; Macbeth Gallery; Detroit Museum of Fine Arts
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