Donatus Buongiorno (Italian/American, 1865-1935), oil on canvas painting of four women with their market baskets, huddled together talking. Signed D. Buongiorno lower right. Molded giltwood frame, probably original. 12" x 9-1/2" canvas, 15-1/2" x 13" framed. Provenance: A private Belle Meade (Nashville) Tennessee collection. Biography: Donatus Buongiorno studied at the Roil institute of Fine Art in Naples and emigrated to Boston, where he was active as a muralist before moving to San Francisco in the 1920s. In 1911, he exhibited his work at the Pennsylvania Academy. In Boston, his work is at the Church of St. Leonard of the Franciscan Fathers, the Church of the Sacred heart, and the Church of St. Peter. In Brattleboro, Vermont, a mural by him is in the Church of St. Michael. He also painted smaller paintings and taught art. (Courtesy Askart.com) Condition: A few very tiny scattered flecks of lost paint at right side center and upper left corner (all in background, not affecting figures), otherwise very good condition. Frame appears re-gilded.
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