IF PICTURES COULD TALK. Stories about California Paintings in Our Collection. California Art, James L. Coran, Walter A. Nelson-Rees.

IF PICTURES COULD TALK. Stories about California Paintings in Our Collection.

Oakland, CA: WIM, (1989). 1st Edition. SIGNED by both authors. [8], 382, [2] pp. 168 full color plates. 14-1/4" x 11-3/8". Mauve cloth with gilt rules and color illustration pasted to front board, cream stamped lettering. Light soiling and sunning, faint tide lines to rear board and spine foot. Slight ripple to last few pages, else internally clean and crisp. VG. Item #43236

A catalogue of the stunning collection of California paintings acquired by Coran and Nelson-Rees, issued just two years before the Oakland fire decimated it. The collection was valued at $45 million, of which over 800 paintings were destroyed, including Albert Bierstadt's rare 1872 painting of San Francisco Bay, shown on Plate No. 1 here. [Los Angeles Times, Oct. 23, 1991] Other artists with featured works include Franz Arthur Bischoff, William Henry Clapp, Lafayette Maynard Dixon, Henry Chapman Ford, Edward Thomas Hall, Granville Redmond, William Wendt, and many more. Each plate is accompanied by a brief note from the collectors about the locale, history of the painting, provenance, and museum collections it has been loaned out to.

Also included are essays by Arthur Millier, Joseph Armstrong Baird, Jr., and Nancy Dustin Wall Moure.

Price: $225.00

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