Paintings of California / Edition 1

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California embodies the American desire to explore frontiers. Collected here in Paintings of California are the works of over sixty of America's finest artists, all of whom were drawn to the beauty of California's kaleidoscopic geography and the pioneering spirit of her people. The more than seventy landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes in the book are a revealing depiction of not just the changing topography, but of the creation and persistence of the myth of the American dream, too. The images depict the origins of Californians' love affair with the sun, sky, and sea, and range from awe-inspiring renderings of giant sequoias to prophetic warnings about the cost of urbanization. Included are works by Millard Sheets, Childe Hassam, Albert Bierstadt, Granville Redmond, George Bellows, Wayne Thiebaud, and David Hockney. Accompanying this collection of masterpieces are selected writings from such prominent authors as John Muir, Henry Miller, and John Steinbeck that echo the passion of the paintings. In her introduction, Ilene Susan Fort amplifies these excerpts, exploring not just the history of California and its art, but also the unique sensibility that makes the state so continuingly seductive for explorers, tourists, and artists alike. For the artist or the explorer, Paintings of California is an important look at the edge of the American art world, one with a beauty and a poetry to be enjoyed for years to come.

Second in Potter's successful series following Paintings of Maine, this visual anthology of the best California landscape painting pays tribute to the Golden State's unique role in the unfolding of the American dream. Spanning the past 150 years, the chronologically arranged paintings--by many of America's finest artists--are accompanied by writings by John Muir, John Steinbeck, and other well-known authors. 100 full-color illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520211841
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilene Susan Fort is Curator of American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the author of The Figure in American Sculpture (1995), two books on Childe Hassam, and several exhibition catalogues. Among her numerous articles and essays is a contribution to
Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the West
(California, 1995). Arnold Skolnick has produced many books on American painters, including volumes on Ben Shahn, Paul Cadmus, and George Tooker, and is the editor of Paintings of Maine (1991) and Paintings of the Southwest (1994).

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