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Off to the Races 65 Painting

Vincent Amicosante

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 50 W x 78 H x 2.8 D in

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About The Artwork

Steeple Chase. It’s the 1920’s and 1930’s in Paris, cafes are humming with excitement, filled with artists, writers, musicians, film makers, the advante guard. Women are experiencing a new freedom; they have the right to vote, dressing is no longer oppressive and they are being accepted into these circles. They can express their sexuality and with photography a new form of erotica is taking shape. Shorter skirts, nylons and garter belts are all the rage. “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but now Heaven Knows Anything Goes”—this quote by Cole Porter sums up this new era. With this cafe society came gambling as entertainment and horse racing was a popular pastime; the game Steeple Chase grew out of this. A green felt track was spread out on a table forming the track, jumps or steeples were set up and small hand painted lead horses with jockeys were moved around by the roll of the dice. Betting slips recorded your horse number and your wager. Smoke filled the room from Gauloises and the popular drink was Absinthe. It was a unique time in history and with these paintings I have tried to capture some of that excitement and gaiety. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. The butterfly also symbolizes transformation as it changes from caterpillar to winged adult. It is an oil on canvas framed with a wood floater frame that has an antique silver finish on the top edge and dark brown sides.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:50 W x 78 H x 2.8 D in

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Vincent Amicosante's paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States, including The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA, The Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet, MA. He is a member of the Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA. Vincent participated in the 2009 Biennale Internazionale Dell' Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy and was invited as one of the 25 artists to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, MA. He has lived in California and traveled to Italy and the influence of these places are evident in his work.

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