White Collar - Novel in Linocuts by Giacomo Patri by Giacomo Patri

White Collar - Novel in Linocuts by Giacomo Patri by Giacomo Patri

White Collar - Novel in Linocuts by Giacomo Patri

Giacomo Patri

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Title

White Collar - Novel in Linocuts by Giacomo Patri

 
Artist

Giacomo Patri

  1898 - 1978 (biography)
Year
1938 (this edition published 1940) 
Technique
122 linocuts (black and white as well as color) 
Image Size
images: various; book: 9-7/8 x 7-3/8 x 1/2" 
Signature
unsigned, as published 
Edition Size
not stated, as published; from the third and final printing by Patri 
Annotations
typset introductory page by Rockwell Kent; typeset afterword by John L. Lewis 
Reference
 
Paper
slick wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Pisani Printing & Publishing Co., San Francisco 
Inventory ID
24113 
Price
Price On Request 
Description
A "wordless novel" - what would now be called a graphic novel - created by the San Francisco-based artist Giacomo Patri a la Frans Masreel and Lynd Ward. Illustrating the collapse of the American workforce after the 1929 stock crash and what ensued, it follows the experiences of a successful white-collar worker who, after plummeting into poverty, losing his home and faith, and becoming estranged from his family, witnesses a worker's rights rally and begins to find hope. It took Patri eight years to complete, starting in 1930 as the Depression began to take hold. This book was used as promotional work by the labor movement of the Bay Area. From the Labor Archives and Research Center, SF State University: "Published in the late 1930s, the novel contrasts isolated poverty with the alternative: united action of the white collar worker with their blue collar brethren through the labor movement." From the third printing overseen by Patri, which followed two hand-bound editions. Illustrated in 122 linocuts printed primarily in black and white with some images printed in orange. The cover is simply illustrated with the main figure printed in white ink on black card stock, the only text being on the spine. Giacomo Patri was a lifelong labor rights supporter and taught at the California Labor School, which operated from 1942 until 1957 when McCarthyism forced it to close. He also founded his own art school which he operated from 1948 to 1966. 
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