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Otis Oldfield: Complete Lithographs

by:
Jayne Blatchly and Christine Moran (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-9733-6 ©2013
Price: $23.95
Book Size: 8.5" x 11" , 350 pages
Category/Subject: ART / General

Lavishly illustrated with the artist's lithographs, drawings and personal photographs, Otis Oldfield Complete Lithographs is at once a comprehensive presentation of Oldfield's lithographic output as well as a portrait of the artist. Having unprecedented access to Oldfield's private diaries, the authors lead the reader through Oldfield's fascinating life from Sacramento, to Paris and back to San Francisco. Commissioned by the WPA-FAP in the darkest days of the Great Depression, Oldfield created lithographs of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as it was being built and North Beach, his surrounding neighborhood. Six Building the Bay Bridge prints were presented as personal gifts to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Oldfield's dazzling versatility encompasses book binding and illustration to making ship models. His paintings, watercolors, drawings, lithographs, murals, portraits, landscapes and seascapes are breathtaking and collected widely. His friendships read like an art world who's who of the tumultuous mid-20th century. The artist was a professor at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and later at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Christine Moran has chronicled it all, combining culture and commerce with history and romance in a thoughtfully researched and well documented account of a premier 20th century artist. Jayne Blatchly has provided a wealth of graphic and historic materials from her all inclusive and extensive archive of the artist's life and work.

Abstract:
Lavishly illustrated with the artist's lithographs, drawings and personal photographs, Otis Oldfield Complete Lithographs is at once a comprehensive presentation of Oldfield's lithographic output as well as a portrait of the artist. Having unprecedented access to Oldfield's private diaries, the authors lead the reader through Oldfield's fascinating life from Sacramento, to Paris and back to San Francisco.

Customer Reviews

  Writer's Digest. AWARD , 11/22/2014
Reviewer: jayne blatchly
Excerpts from the '22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards': "The packaging is extremely professional, making this a lovely coffee table or gift book. The cover copy does a great job of telling readers what they will get out of this book which is an incredible artistic and historical document. It is very well organized with good grammar and proofreading. The formatting of the book is effective with the illustrations printed on just one side of the page, which shows off the images very well. The font is large and nearly double spaced. The quality of the reproduction of the artwork is excellent." 'Otis Oldfield Complete Lithographs' earned the top rated five stars for non-fiction in 1) Structure, Organization and Pacing, 2) Spelling, punctuation and Grammar, 3) Production, Quality and Cover Design, and 4) Voice and Writing Style.

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