Ralph Fasanella's America

Ralph Fasanella's America

by Paul S. D'Ambrosio


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Ralph Fasanella's America by Paul S. D'Ambrosio

Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) was a self-taught painter whose body of work is one of the most compelling artistic critiques of post-World War II America. His paintings--bold, colorful, loaded with detail yet unified in composition--speak powerfully of a distinct working-class identity and culture, and of the dignity of labor. They capture the past and express hope for the future. This profusely illustrated volume, which includes seventy-four color images of Fasanella's paintings as well as numerous personal photographs, provides the first comprehensive look at the life and career of this important American artist. Ralph Fasanella's America explores the formative influences on Fasanella's art: his Italian immigrant family and neighborhood; Catholic reform school; his work life; his involvement in progressive causes such as the Spanish Civil War and organized labor. The book also traces Fasanella's development as an artist by examining his paintings in the context of twentieth-century American social and political history. The author of this volume, Paul S. D'Ambrosio, knew Fasanella for over sixteen years. From 1993 to the artist's death in 1997, D'Ambrosio conducted extensive interviews with him, his family, friends, and associates. He also researched Fasanella's life in numerous libraries and archives to complete a truly comprehensive biography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780917334269
Publisher: Fenimore Art Museum
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 9.62(w) x 11.62(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

PAUL S. D'AMBROSIO is Chief Curator of the New York State Historical Associaton in Cooperstown, New York. He knew Ralph Fasanella for over 16 years, during which he conducted extensive interviews with Fasanella, his family, friends, and associates, and also did research in numerous libraries and archives to complete a truly comprehensive biography of this beloved New York artist.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD - Dr. Gilbert T. Vincent, President, New York Historical Association
Chapter One: Old Neighborhood, 1914 - 1930
Chapter Two: May Day, 1930 - 1945
Chapter Three: Pie in the Sky, 1945 - 1950
Chapter Four: Garden Party, 1950 - 1958
Chapter Five: The Mad Sixties, 1958 - 1972
Chapter Six: The Great Strike, 1972 - 1979
Chapter Seven: Public Domain, 1979 - 1997

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