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Landscape: Study for Murals at San Francisco Library

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Landscape: Study for Murals at San Francisco Library

20th Century
144 in. x 79 in. (365.76 cm x 200.66 cm)

Gottardo Piazzoni, American, (1872–1945)

Object Type: Paintings
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Albert M. Bender
Accession Number: 1933.326
Gottardo Piazzoni, a key member of the school of Northern California artists in the early 1900s, was a landscape painter, muralist and sculptor. Specializing in landscapes in muted palettes, Piazzoni is one of the most influential Tonalist painters, painting landscapes with an overall cool atmospheric tone that emphasized mood and shadow.

His best-known public works are his mural panels created for the former San Francisco Public Library, The Land and The Sea, which are now permanently installed at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. This landscape is a full-size study for the final panel of The Sea, and showcases Piazzoni’s reductive approach to painting, harmonious use of color, and elegant simplicity. He usually relied on only a few elements in his pieces—the earth, sea, and sky, and used figures sparingly.

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