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"Desert Bloom" 1980

$ 3,000
  • Description
    John M. Saccaro (1913 - 1981). Painter, Muralist.

    John Saccaro (aka. Giovanni Saccaro) was born in San Francisco in 1913 to parents of Italian descent. In his early days as an artist Saccaro painted Regionalist paintings in watercolors. At the early age of 25 Saccaro secured his first one man show at the San Francisco Museum of Art.

    Starting in 1939 and in the years preceding WWII he worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), first in the Easel Section then later in the Murals Section of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) in San Francisco and painted murals with Robert McChesney for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939.

    During WWII John Saccaro was drafted into the Army and while stationed in France he painted camouflage on tanks and other US Army vehicles. After the war he returned to San Francisco and enrolled at the California School of Fine Art (CSFA) in 1951.

    While studying and painting at the CSFA, Saccaro was exposed to the Abstract Expressionist style that was being taught by instructors at the school such as: Clyfford Still, David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, James Budd Dixon, and Mark Rothko. He graduated from CSFA in 1954.

    After graduating from CSFA, Saccaro would receive much acclaim for his unique abstract style. Quoting from George P. Tomlin’s “Saccaro: Sensorist Paintings: Oakland Art Museum 1958” Saccaro describes his paintings as “sensory raids” defining sensorism as an approach that favors “the scrape, slash and violence of the sensory.”

    John Saccaro was an art professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1963 to 1964. John Saccaro died in San Francisco in 1981.

    Museums:
    Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
    M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
    Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
    Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA
    Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
    Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
    The Chazen (Elvehjem) Museum of Art, Madison, WI
    Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA

    Exhibitions:
    1996 Group Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
    1990 Solo Exhibition, Carlson Gallery San Francisco
    1981 Solo Exhibition, Museo Italo Americano San Francisco
    1973 Group Exhibition, Oakland Museum Oakland
    1963 Group Exhibition, California Palace Legion Honor San Francisco
    1962 Group Exhibition, California Palace Legion Honor San Francisco
    1962 Group Exhibition, Amon Carter Museum Ft. Worth, TX
    1962 Group Exhibition, Stanford University Art Gallery Palo Alto
    1962 Group Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
    1962 Solo Exhibition, Bolles Gallery New York
    1960 Solo Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art San Francisco
    1959 Solo Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art San Francisco
    1960 Solo Exhibition, M.H. de Young Memorial Mus. San Francisco
    1960 Group Exhibition, Denver Art Museum Denver
    1959 Solo Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art San Francisco
    1959 Group Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery Arts Biennials Washington, D.C.
    1957 Group Exhibition, Denver Art Museum Denver
    1958 Group Exhibition, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond
    1958 Solo Exhibition, Oakland Art Museum Oakland
    1957 Group Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery Arts Biennials Washington, D.C
    1956 Group Exhibition, 3rd Biennial Museum of Modern Art San Paolo, Brazil
    1956 Group Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery Arts Biennials Washington, D.C
    1956 Group Exhibition, 3rd Biennial Museum of Modern Art San Paolo, Brazil
    1956 Solo Exhibition, M.H. de Young Memorial Mus. San Francisco
    1955 Group Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery Arts Biennials Washington, D.C
    1955 Group Exhibition, 3rd Biennial Museum of Modern Art San Paolo, Brazil
    1955 Group Exhibition, Carnegie International Pittsburgh
    1954 Group Exhibition, Oakland Museum of Art Oakland
    1946 Solo Exhibition, M.H. de Young Memorial Mus. San Francisco
    1942 Group Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
    1942 Group Exhibition, Art Insitute of Chicago Chicago
    1941 Group Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
    1940 Group Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
    1939 Group Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
    1939 Solo Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art San Francisco
    1939 Art Insitute of Chicago, Chicago

    Literature:
    2005 Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference:The Gold Edition
    2005 AskART.com Inc. - Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor). The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005
    2004 Landauer, Susan. San Francisco and Second Wave: The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism
    2003 Herskovic, Marika (editor). American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s: An Illustrated Survey
    2002 Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940
    2002 McClelland, Gordon T; Jay T. Last. California Watercolors 1850-1970, An Illustrated History & Biographical Dictionary
    1999 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor). Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975
    1997 Burgard, Timothy Anglin. Bay Area Art From Morgan Flagg Collection
    1996 Landauer, Susan. The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism
    1993 Soria, Regina American Artists of Italian Heritage / 1776-1945
    1990 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor). The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago
    1989 Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California, 1786-1940
    1985 DuPont, Diana, K Holland. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Paintings and Sculpture Collection
    1985 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor). Who Was Who in American Art: Artists Active Between 1898-1947
    1985 Albright, Thomas. Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980 / An Illustrated History
    1984 Orr-Cahill, Christina. The Art of California Selected Works/ Oakland Museum
    1976 San Francisco Museum Modern Art. Painting & Sculpture in California: The Modern Era
    1975 Editor, Smithsonian. Smithsonian Archives of American Art: Checklist of the Collection
    1973 McChesney, Mary Fuller. A Period of Exploration: San Francisco 1945-1950
    1958 Art Bank of the SFAA San Francisco Art Association. Painting and Sculpture (in) 87
    1956 Long Beach Muni Art Center. California Painting 40 Painters
    1935 Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge. Index of Artists: International-Biographical

    Sources:
    Landauer, Susan. The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism
    David Carlson, Carlson Gallery
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    www.artnet.com

    Oil on paperboard mounted to board
    15 Inches x 22 Inches

    Framed Size: 16½ Inches x 23½ Inches
    Price: $3,000

    Provenance
    Estate of John Saccaro
    Carlson Gallery, Rancho Mirage, CA.

    Additional Information
    Conservation by Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (F.A.C.L.), Santa Barbara, CA.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Oil on panel, 15" x 22"
    Creation Date: 1980
    Styles / Movements: Abstract Expressionism
    Incollect Reference #: 191043
  • Dimensions
    W. 22 in; H. 15 in;
    W. 55.88 cm; H. 38.1 cm;
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