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Pacific Arcadia: Images of California, 1600-1915

by Perry, Claire

  • ISBN: 9780195109375
  • ISBN10: 0195109376

Pacific Arcadia: Images of California, 1600-1915

by Perry, Claire

  • List Price: $25.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publish date: 04/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780195109375
  • ISBN10: 0195109376
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Description: Since the arrival of the Spanish explorers in the sixteenth century, California has been thought of as a land of promise and opportunity. This lavishly illustrated catalog, which is to accompany a major exhibit opening in April 1999 at Stanford's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts and traveling subsequently to two other museums, presents a fascinating cultural history of an idyllic vision of California that still figures prominently in the American imagination. Brought together in one show for the first time, this combination of art is unique in its range from high art to popular representations. Currier and Ives lithographs and the work of early European cartographers are juxtaposed with photographs by Carleton E. Watkins, Arnold Genthe, and Eadweard Muybridge, and paintings by Albert Bierstadt, James Walker, and William Hahn, among others. With one hundred and fifty plates -- sixty in full color -- Pacific Arcadia illuminates the imagery of the California Dream.

Perry investigates how and why this vision of a Pacific paradise was developed and marketed to the public, taking as her subject the images produced by early visitors and residents confronted by the peculiarities of California's landscape, the abundance of its natural resources, and the omnipresence of the vast Pacific. Using paintings, drawings, maps, photographs, newspaper and book illustrations, and printed ephemera dating from the seventeenth century to 1915, Pacific Arcadia examines the ways these images represented California as a place where economic bliss could be attained in a spectacular natural setting.

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