Pier 39 by Herman Roderick Volz

Pier 39 by Herman Roderick Volz

Pier 39

Herman Roderick Volz

Title

Pier 39

 
Artist
Year
1940  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
8 7/8 x 12" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
60 of 150  
Annotations
titled, lower left 
Reference
San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, March 10, 1940 
Paper
Warren's Oldestyle 
State
published 
Publisher
San Francisco Chronicle Contemporary Graphics 
Inventory ID
10297 
Price
$700.00 
Description

In 1940 the San Francisco Chronicle devised a “plan to bring western art to the western public” by presenting Contemporary Graphics to its readers. On Sunday, March 10, 1940, the series was launched with a three-quarter page devoted to the concept of purchasing original art by western artists.

Contemporary Graphics presented twenty original prints in four series over four consecutive Sundays. Works by Herman Volz, George Gaethke, Ray Bertrand, Rueben Kadish, and Arthur Murphy comprised the first series. Sunday, March 17th, the Chronicle presented the second series that included works by Glen Wessels, Sargent Johnson, A. Ray Burrell, Beckford Young, and Theodore Polos. The third series, featured on March 24th, included works by Dong Kingman, Shirley Staschen, Clay Spohn, Edgar Dorsey Taylor and George Harris. The fourth and final series was presented to the public on March 31, 1940, with works by Otis Oldfield, Benjamin Cunningham, Mallette Dean, John Haley, and Erle Loran.

With the exception of Mallette Dean's linoleum block print, all the prints were original lithographs. Each print was pencil signed and titled and the edition size was 150. The price for the individual works was $2.00 and they could be purchased in San Francisco from the following locales: the Chronicle, the City of Paris, O’Connor, Moffatt, Paul Elder, Schwabacher-Frey and Gumps.

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