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 J. George Recca  (1899 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: New York / Italy      Known for: still life and portrait painting, fashion illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
RECCA, J. George, artist; born:  Castelvetrano, Sicily, Italy August 15, 1899 – Died: August, 1978 in NYC: 

His signatures have sometimes been read as:  J. George Recca, or George J. Recca because of the unusual letter formation.    
Education: Pratt institute.  Received several awards for oil and water-color painting represented in private collections; exhibited work in large exhibitions throughout  the country.  1st honorable mention - oil painting annual exhibitions of Allied Artists of America 1942, 43, 45. Member Grand Central Art Galleries, Allied Artists of America, American Watercolor Society, Ogunquit Art Centre, Springfield Art League, NY Society of Painters, NY Watercolor society, Salamagundi Club.  
Unfortunately, a full record of Mr. Recca’s exhibitions is unavailable.

Oil painting, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, was exhibited in the Virginia Museum of fine Arts/Richmond VA.

His watercolor, Death of Satan, was exhibited posthumously at the American Watercolor Society  in 1979.  His paintings are currently distributed among private collectors and various family members.  Studies for major paintings and his original, exquisitely detailed, fashion illustrations are owned by a family member.
Mr. Recca migrated with his family to the United States in 1903. He lived in various NY locations until his death in 1978. 

Mr. Recca’s style is notable for his rather unusual still-life paintings, which frequently include religious figurines, and extraordinary rendering of detail.  Backgrounds often featured detailed tapestries, which are virtually invisible until light is played upon them.  He produced only a few formal portraits. 

However, he has been known to feature “mini-portraits” – sketches of people he knew – incorporated into his still-lifes.  There was a long period during which he did not paint.  His unfinished later works suggest he had been embarking on a new road; they include outdoor scenes and floral arrangements.

Written and submitted by Andrea Albanese, a relative of the artist

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