Society of Six: California Colorists / Edition 1

Society of Six: California Colorists / Edition 1

by Nancy Boas, Charles Eldredge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520210557

ISBN-13: 9780520210554

Pub. Date: 03/30/1997

Publisher: University of California Press

Six plein-air painters in Oakland, California, joined together in 1917 to form an association that lasted nearly fifteen years. The Society of Six (Selden Connor Gile, Maurice Logan, William H. Clapp, August F. Gay, Bernard von Eichman, and Louis Siegriest)created a color-centered modernist idiom that shocked establishment tastes but remains the most advanced

Overview

Six plein-air painters in Oakland, California, joined together in 1917 to form an association that lasted nearly fifteen years. The Society of Six (Selden Connor Gile, Maurice Logan, William H. Clapp, August F. Gay, Bernard von Eichman, and Louis Siegriest)created a color-centered modernist idiom that shocked establishment tastes but remains the most advanced painting of its era in Northern California. Nancy Boas's well-informed and sumptuously illustrated chronicle recognizes the importance of these six painters in the history of American Post-Impressionism. The Six found themselves in the position of an avant garde not because they set out to reject conventionality, but because they aspired to create their own indigenous modernism. While the artists were considered outsiders in their time, their work is now recognized as part of the vital and uring lineage of American art. Depression hardship ed the Six's ascancy, but their painterliness, use of color, and deep alliance with the land and the light became a beacon for postwar Northern California modern painters such as Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud. Combining biography and critical analysis, Nancy Boas offers a fitting tribute to the lives and exhilarating painting of the Society of Six.

Author Bio: Nancy Boas is Adjunct Curator of American Paintings, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Charles Eldredge is Hall Distinguished Professor of American Art, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, University of Kansas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520210554
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/30/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Charles C. Eldredge
 

Introduction
 
One: The Background
Within the Closed Circle
A City’s Evolution
Devastation and Reconstruction
 
Two: Beginnings
Selden Connor Gile
August Francois Gay
Maurice Logan
Louis Bassi Siegriest
Bernard von Eichmann
William Henry Clapp
 
Three: At the Fair
The Meaning of the Fair 
The Art at the Fair
After the Fair
A New World
 
Four: Coming Together, 1917-1923
The Chow House
The Six at Work
New Painting Ideas
The Six Separately
The Manifesto
 
Five: The Exhibition Years, 1923-1928
Modernism in the Bay Area
William Clapp at the Oakland Art Gallery
The Society’s Six Annual Shows
 
Six: Color Ascendant, 1919-1929
Bernard von Eichman
Louis Siegriest
Maurice Logan
Selden Gile
William Clapp
August Gay in Monterey
 
Seven: The Depression Years, 1930-1939
The Context
Selden Gile and the Group’s Dispersal
Louis Siegriest
Maurice Logan
Bernard von Eichman
William Clapp
August Gay
The Golden Gate
International Exposition
 
Eight: The Forties and Beyond
Selden Gile
Maurice Logan
Louis Siegriest
 
Conclusion
 
Notes
List of Illustrations
Bibliography
Exhibition History and Reviews
Chronologies

Index

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