Born in New York City in 1875 Gustave Cimiotti was already producing watercolors of note by the time he was sixteen. At age twenty he enrolled in the Art Students League (1895-98) where he demonstrated an amazing talent for figure drawing. During these years he studied with Robert Blum, Oliver Reid, Karl Volk and John Twachtmann. Cimiotti sailed for Paris in the summer of 1899 where he enrolled at the Académie Julian and the Delacluse Academy.
After touring on the continent, he returned home to establish a studio at 51 W. 10th Street which he used as his base for 54 years. William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer and John La Farge and other prominent artists maintained studios there over the years.
Cimiotti exhibited on a regular basis at the National Academy of Design and with the Society of American Artists. His first solo show was at the Bauer-Folsom Galleries in December, 1908. Cimiotti took part in the infamous Armory Show of 1913 which was organized by the avant-garde Association of American Painters and Sculptors. He also showed his works with the New York Water Color Club and the Salmagundi Club.
From 1928 to 1936 Cimiotti taught landscape painting at the Berkshire Summer School of Art in Monterey, Massachusetts, and between 1935 and 1943 he directed the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, where he had been a faculty member. He continued to teach and exhibit until his death in New York City at the age of 93 in 1969. Cimiotti was known for coastal views, landscapes and still life paintings.
His painting titled "Seascape" has these marks on the reverse side:
Rockport, C-685/3970, by R. H. Love Galleries
, which handled the artist’s estate.
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