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 Anthony Lapaglia  (1897 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: New York / Italy      Known for: impressionist painting, woodblock prints

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Anthony LaPaglia was born in Italy in 1897 and came to the U.S. through Ellis Island around 1912 or 1913. His family first settled in Rochester and then moved to New York City where he won a scholarship to study the violin at Julliard and played the violin for many years before devoting his time solely to art.

He lived above the famous Elaine's Restaurant in NYC on 2nd Ave. He led his life simply and was content to paint, compose, and teach an occasional student.  He was a member of the Washington Square Outdoor Show Assn. His work was primarily impressionistic paintings and woodblocks, yet he did work in other media.

A Catholic church commissioned him to do an altarpiece, later reneging on the price, so it stood in his apartment:  a huge sheet of stainless steel in which he had etched the Madonna. 

The New York Historical Society has ten of his woodblocks in their holdings.  One of his brothers, Alphonse, was a well known silversmith who worked for Georg Jensen for a number of years. Toward the end of his life he was disappointed that he had received little recognition for his work. 

Anthony LaPaglia died in 1993 in New York.  Since his death his work, especially his color woodblock prints, have been rediscovered, and he is achieving the appreciation he didn’t during his life.

Submitted by Steven Thomas who wrote: "I got some information from the Supplement to Mallett's Index of Artists (p. 160), which referenced the Washington Square Outdoor Show Assn.  The reference to the New York Historical Society is from their Printmaker Files.  He actually has 10 prints in their collection.  The rest of the information came from an old friend of Lapaglia’s from New York who wrote to me recently to correct the dates I had on my website for the artist.  She offered a lot of information and mentioned a Niece and Nephew in California and she got some more information from them that I used in compiling the biography.

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