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Oregon Painters

Landscape to Modernism, 1859-1959

Second Edition

Ginny Allen and Jody Klevit

11.5 × 9.5. Full-color images throughout. Bibliography. 384 pages.

2021. ISBN 978-0-87071-053-7. Paperback, $55.00.

2021. ISBN 978-0-87071-052-0. Hardcover, $95.00.


Available May 2021
Since the first edition of Oregon Painters was published in 1999, it has served as an invaluable reference to the early history of Northwest art, with well-worn and closely guarded copies found in libraries and art collections throughout Oregon and nationally. The original volume was an encyclopedia and index of Oregon painters, with historical data about the evolution of painting styles, educational institutions, and exhibition venues in the Northwest. Oregon Painters: Landscape to Modernism, 1859–1959 expands the focus on the history of painting in Oregon by adding essays on Impressionism and Modernism while using more and better visual examples to illustrate the strength of the state’s early painters. In addition, the original indexed content has been edited and condensed.

Essays address Indigenous art, the Lewis and Clark Exposition, the Impressionist and Modernist movements, New Deal Art, and the Federal Art Projects in Oregon. The biographical section is now fully illustrated with color images of the majority of the 630 painters’ works. A list with an additional 4000 names is also included.

Little has been written about the early history of Northwest art and this volume serves as a valuable resource for discovering artists who remain largely unknown but whose works continue to gain in reputation and value. With faithful full-color reproductions from institutional and private collections, it will be treasured by art students, scholars, teachers, gallery owners, museumgoers, collectors, and art lovers everywhere.
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