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William Aiken Walker: Southern Genre Painter Hardcover – November 27, 2007
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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
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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