"The Senate in Session"
by Peppino Mangravite, ca. 1926
Peppino Gino Mangravite
(Italian-American, 1896 – 1978)
Oil on canvas, 34 x 29 inches (canvas),
42 ½ x 37 ½ inches (frame), signed lower right.
Peppino Gino Mangravite, painter, lecturer, lithographer, writer and teacher, was born in Lipari, Italy in 1896. He immigrated to the United States at the age of fourteen with his father, settling in New York City. He had already completed six years of study in Italy at the Scoule Techiniche Belle Arti. Once here he studied at Cooper Union, Broadmoor Art Academy with John F. Carlson and the Art Student’s League in New York with Robert Henri. The so-called romantic artist was deeply involved in teaching art and got his first teaching position at the Hansen School of Fine Arts in New York in 1918. During the summer in the 1920s Mangravite ran several art camps in the Adirondacks for both children and adults. In 1926 he moved to Washington D. C., where he taught at the Potomac School for two years. Mangravite was drawn back to New York where he continued to teach at Sara Lawrence College, Cooper Union, the Art Students League and Columbia University. He spent a year as the head of the art department at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center and taught for two years at the Art Institute of Chicago. Concentrating on “the subtleties of human relationships,” Mangravite helped define the American Scene movement, which dominated the contemporary American art scene between 1927 and 1945. The multi-talented artist contributed articles to numerous publications including, The Arts, Progressive Education, and American Magazine of Art to name a few. The College Art Association’s Committee for the Study of the Practice of Art Courses asked Mangravite to serve as chairman from 1943-44. Mangravite passed away in Westport, Connecticut in 1978.
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