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For more than fifty years, William Aiken Walker traveled throughout the South painting landscapes, rural genre scenes, and black character studies. By the time of his death in 1921, Walker had produced a massive body of work on Southern subjects. In fact, he left the most extensive record of black life by any artist of the period.

Both a biography of Walker and a guide to his work, this book, first published in 1972 by LSU Press, is now presented by Pelican in a magnificent new format with scores of color photographs not used in the previous edition. There are ninety-nine color illustrations and sixty-three black and white paintings and drawings. Roulhac Toledano has written a new introduction and revisits Walker's paintings and scholarship on Southern art.

The book contains an extensive chronology and sections on Walker's life in Charleston, Baltimore, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi. A comprehensive examination of the blacks in Walker's art and the increasingly realistic qualities in his painting help to place his work in perspective. A final chapter on Walker as a chronicler of the South defines his major contribution to American culture.

August P. Trovaioli, like his father and grandfather before him, was a conservator of paintings and in his lifetime restored over two thousand works of art, both American and European. Born in Italy, Mr. Trovaioli grew up in Pennsylvania and studied art at the University of Pittsburgh.

Roulhac B. Toledano is a native of New Orleans. She graduated cum laude from Newcomb College in 1960, where she majored in art history. Ms. Toledano is an authority on architecture of New Orleans and worked on volumes II, IV, V, and VI of the New Orleans Architecture Series, published by Pelican.

Photographer Betsy Swanson, a New Orleans native and Newcomb College graduate, traveled throughout the South photographing Walker's paintings and drawings as she interviewed the collectors and owners of the works. Ms. Swanson earned her Masters of Fine Arts from Tulane University and went on to hold such positions as historian, photographer, archivist, and historical consultant and has contributed her photography to dozens of books, magazines, catalogues, and periodicals. Ms. Swanson is the author of Historic Jefferson Parish, and worked on Volumes I thru VI of the New Orleans Architecture Series as an author, editor, and photographer. Each of these titles is available from Pelican.

About the Author

An award-winning author of more than a dozen books, Roulhac B. Toledano is a prominent lecturer and an authority on historical architecture. She is the recipient of the American Institute of Architects International Book Award and works as an artist, writer, and preserver of historic American treasures.

August Trovaioli spent his lifetime restoring works of art, both European and American. A native of Italy, he moved to America and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University. Trovaioli resided in Alabama until his death in 1975.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; 2nd Ed edition (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589805097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589805095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,206,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joan Byrd Neill on January 1, 2014
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My husband and I both enjoyed the book so much, It has some great painting by Walker, considering he is a self taught artist. We have one of what was probably his first ones of a black man after having pulled cotton all day. At least that is what it looked like. It just brings great pleasure to my husband every time he sees it. We have no idea of it's value but to us it means a great deal. We were watching Antiques Road Show a couple of weeks ago and one of his painting came up. We were both terribly excited as the person found it in the dumpster and it was worth in the thousands. He was ready to sell it right away. Not us. We enjoy it too much.
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An easy to read chronology of WAW's life and work, but not very deep. I am distantly related to him, and have one of his paintings, so I was anxious to learn more about this man who had been mentioned many times at family events. But I would have liked to know more about his character. The book includes a very impressive representation of his works which serves as a great reference. It also nearly confirmed to me that WAW, who had many male friends and no female love interests, was most likely a gay man.
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William Aiken Walker was born in 1838 in South Carolina and grew up to become one the South's most gifted artists. After serving in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, Walker traveled and painted throughout the South. Then sold his paintings to tourists in cities such as New Orleans, Charleston, and the communities that dotted post-civil war Georgia. Known for his paintings of black Southerners, he was also noted for his lush and vivid landscapes. Now in a new and expanded edition from the Pelican Publishing Company, "William Aiken Walker: Southern Genre Painter" is an informed and informative history of his life and work, enhanced with the inclusion of 157 color illustrations and 58 black-and-white paintings and drawings. A welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library American Art History reference collections, "William Aiken Walker: Southern Genre Painter" is an ideal memorial tribute to a truly talented 19th century American artist.
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Fairly good review of this artist's work from cultural and historical perspective but not from the artistic point of view.Representative sampling of his paintings as B&W and color photos but not a comprehensive listing.No indication of values and auction trends.
My copy had considerable water damage and many pages suffered damage when separated.Unsatisfactory buying experience from Amazon.
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my second copy love it
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