- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (July 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890449016
- ISBN-13: 978-1890449018
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Artful Players: Artistic Life in Early San Francisco Hardcover – July 1, 1999
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This is a light-hearted, humorous account of the "Barbary Coast's" art world from the Gold Rush years up to the great earthquake and fire that almost completely leveled the young city in 1906. Although San Francisco was then a provincial backwater, it was a backwater of a truly exceptional sort. The Golden Gate was the principal portal for arriving goods and people from East Asia, and the city's wild, mercenary infancy established a well-deserved reputation as a tenuous enclave of civilization beyond the Western wilderness. Hjalmarson writes of how San Francisco's setting attracted creative people from all over the world, and because she has such good material to work with it's an entertaining story of a small, pretentious, but irrepressibly lively arts community. Many famous artists worked in Northern California during the 1800s, most notably Alfred Bierstadt, George Inness and William Keith. More useful certainly is the attention Hjalmarson pays to lesser-known names and the 25-page appendix she includes, with capsule biographies of these painters and sculptors. Highly recommended for West Coast libraries.ADouglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA
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Artful Players is an engaging account of the rise of culture and the arts in America's great frontier city by the Bay. It accomplishes what so few standard histories bring to their subjects; that is to breathe life into what was, after all, a great adventure. I recommend it." Paul J. Karlstrom, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
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It's full of great information on these artist, including Jules Tavernier, William Kieth, Samuel Marsden Brookes and Grace Carpenter Hudson, and contains some color plates of their works. Hjalmarson also discusses the artists' lifestyles, their patrons and the creation of the San Francisco Art Association. "Artful Players" is an great educational book written in a style that everyone can read and enjoy and is a must for any art history or California history student.