Rinaldo Cuneo is one of the few California artists who has experimented in many different styles throughout his artistic career. He is one of the few artists who was never satisfied with his present achievement and was well aware of the artistic revolution and the world’s instability which occurred as a result of the First World War and which ended by the end of the Second World War.
This example of Piedmont Hills view of the Northern California Bay area is an early work by Rinaldo Cuneo which was from the early nineteenth hundreds after his return from France in nineteen-thirteen.
This view of Piedmont Hills is 20X24 inch oil on canvas by the artist Rinaldo Cuneo is is part of the American Impressionist Collection in The Farhat Art Musuem.
Born in San Francisco to a family of artists, Cuneo studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute with Arthur Mathews, before attending the Academie Colarossi in Paris from 1911-1913. Upon his return to California, Cuneo’s works were well received at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition in 1915, and was involved in every major art exhibition in the San Francisco area from 1916-1939. Also during these years Cuneo was the subject of numerous one-man shows, including those in Rome, Los Angeles, London, and Paris.
Called “the Painter of San Francisco,” at the inaugural exhibition of the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1935, Cuneo had the most number of paintings displayed by any early California artist. In that same exhibition, his painting California Hills won the Museum’s Purchase Prize award.
A pure impressionist early in his career, Cuneo’s style constantly evolved throughout his life, as he was always seeking and assimilating new methods of representation.
Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art –
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