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Artful Players: Artistic Life in Early San Francisco

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With a handful of wealthy Gold Rush barons as indulgent patrons, an active community of artists appeared in nineteenth-century San Francisco almost overnight. A subculture of artistic brilliance and social experimentation was the result--in essence, a decades-long revelry that finally ended with the 1906 earthquake. Witness Jules Tavernier, hungry and in debt, accepting a ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Balcony Press
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David Schwan
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
A short almost gossipy history of the fine art painting scene in San Francisco during the last half of the 19th century. While there are some obscure artists outlined, some of the major players seemed to be given little attention, almost like they were too dull or plain in their daily lives to merit attention.

This book highlights the importance of San Fransisco in the development of American art.
Sylvia Seymour
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Cheeky, cliquish and intelligent, the best book on artistic life in late-1800s California I've come across.
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