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The Society of Six: California Colorists

Boas, Nancy

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ISBN 10: 0938491032 / ISBN 13: 9780938491033
Published by Bedford Arts, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 1989
Used Condition: VG+ Hardcover
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The book is pale yellow cloth-covered boards with gilt titles. Only defects to note on the book is a label stating "Dai Nippon printing sample" on the ffep. No defects to note on the book. Practically obscured by history, the group called the Society of Six represents a unique phenonmenon in American art. The six plein-air painters joined together in 1917 to form an association that would last for fifteen years. They worked to create a color-centered modernist idiom. Their work is displayed in great color illustrations in this book. Bookseller Inventory # 008491

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Title: The Society of Six: California Colorists

Publisher: Bedford Arts, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VG+

Dust Jacket Condition: VG+

Edition: Second Printing

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Looks at the fifteen-year association of six California painters, discusses their approach to art and artistic influences, and includes brief profiles of each artist


When these six artists first banded together in 1917, the San Francisco art establishment found their work raw and undeveloped. According to Nancy Boas, however, these painters represent the first fully evolved reflection of modern art on the West Coast. Her scholarly and engaging study is tantamount to a discovery of a previously unknown group of painters, and it is unusual in that it recounts the birth of modern art in a nonurban setting. She elegantly and convincingly balances biography with analysis, intertwining six personal stories into a much larger story, which is really about the birth of modernism, an integral segment of America's artistic heritage. These artists' works are expressive, energetic, and ablaze with vivid color, reminiscent of a quality of rarefied light found in Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series or Vincent van Gogh's Arles paintings.

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