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Photo Credit: David Dietrich

Joseph Fiore (Primary)

Green Landscape

20th century
Medium & Support
Oil on canvas
Canvas: 30 x 40 in. , Frame: 31 3/4 x 42 in.
Object Type
Credit Line
Black Mountain College Collection, gift of the people of Western North Carolina and the Artist in honor of Reuben Holden
Accession Number
In Copyright
© Estate of Joseph Fiore / Fiore Art Center at the Maine Farmland Trust

Nonobjective image in greens, blues and blacks. Green Landscape can be seen as a central North Carolina image for Fiore, with its evocation of mountain and forest both in color-dominant greens sun-dappled with yellow and mauve-and in composition-the articulated overlay of varied but familial forms. The associative character of the picture suggests the rhythmic patchwork of ascendant foliage that covers the hills around Black Mountain and the surrounding area.

Label History

Fiore enrolled at Black Mountain College in fall 1946. In 1949 he was appointed to replace Josef Albers as the art teacher and remained at the college through the 1956 summer term. Fiore studied with both Albers and Ilya Bolotwosky, who both influenced his approach to painting. Though landscape was most often explored at Black Mountain College through the medium of photography, Fiore combined his interest in landscape painting with his explorations of abstraction. In Green Landscape the artist incorporates elements of landscape—colors suggesting foliage, yellow points of sunlight, and shades of blue that might be shimmering water or sky—in a painterly, though tightly structured, manner. Fiore lived in New York City and Jefferson, ME, where he painted primarily landscape and its elements.

Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue entry
Written by: Mary Emma Harris


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