This small Charles Movalli landscape hangs on the wall at Stately Mangus Manor. The Magnificent Marvin bought this piece for his collection. In fact, I thought that the MM had painted it for the longest time, until I noticed the signature. I have my own Movalli in the Mangcave...
We are sorry to have to say that Charles has passed away. We will miss him greatly. March 20, 2016. -- Nancy Movalli
Charles Movalli was a great ambassador for the Cape Ann School. Cape Ann is the longest-active artist colony in the United States. That it has flourished for so long comes as no surprise, for the landscape is one painting after another, just waiting to be painted. After all this time, you’d think the nay-sayers of art, the "it’s-all-been-done" crowd, might have a point, but motif #1 still draws painters, each of whom produce artworks that are distinct, unique, and groundbreaking.
Charles’ lecture on the Cape Ann School was not to be missed. Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and Emile Gruppe are a few of the colony regulars going back nearly 200 years.
The artists Charles admired and learned from as a young painter (Emile Gruppe, Carl Peters, and Aldro Hibbard) all heavily focused on composition, and thus his paintings have a solid structure even amid dinghies bobbing at the dock and buildings listing under the weight of their years.