An oil on canvas over board, signed l.r., and housed in a Southwestern gilt and gesso frame; 13.5" x 18.5" (sight), 20" x 25.5" (framed). A top example of Casenelli's work, the Cincinnati artist who worked in the same tradition of masters such as Henry Farny and John Hauser.
Born in 1867 in either Genoa, Italy or New York City, Casenelli has been "Hailed in some quarters as one of the foremost painters of the American Indian...." although he is now somewhat obscure. He spent the first twelve years of his artistic career in Cincinnati, after which he moved to Michigan, where he spent sixty years. Although best known for his Indian paintings, he also painted Mediterranean images and Michigan landscapes. His name is sometimes spelled Casnelli, especially during his time in Cincinnati. His Michigan paintings are signed Victor or V. Casenelli. Between the years of 1904-6, his studio at 526 Vine street was looted. Among his accomplishments were murals painted for former president William H. Taft in his home. Casenelli died of a stroke in Muskegon, Michigan in 1961.
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