Adieu!

Otis OLDFIELD
Date
1940
Description

Adieu! is a lithograph from 1940 by American artist Otis Oldfield (1890-1969). It is pencil signed, titled, and editioned 25/150. Adieu! was published by the San Francisco Chronicle in March 1940 in their “Contemporary Graphics” series. This impression was printed by Ray Bertrand on ivory, Warren’s Olde Style wove paper. The image measures 9-3/16 x 12 inches.

In 1940 the San Francisco Chronicle devised a “plan to bring western art to the western public” and on Sunday, March 10, 1940, the series “Contemporary Graphics” was launched. The series presented twenty original prints over four consecutive Sundays. Artists included Herman Volz, George Gaethke, Ray Bertrand, Rueben Kadish, Arthur Murphy, Glen Wessels, Sargent Johnson, A. Ray Burrell, Beckford Young, Theodore Polos, Dong Kingman, Shirley Staschen, Clay Spohn, Edgar Dorsey Taylor, George Harris, Otis Oldfield, Benjamin Cunningham, Mallette Dean, John Haley, and Erle Loran. Each work was pencil signed and titled and the price for the individual works was $2.00.

Otis Oldfield, painter, lithographer, and teacher, was born in Sacramento, California on July 3, 1890. He arrived in San Francisco in 1909 and enrolled in Best’s Art School. He worked and saved for two years and, in 1911, departed for Paris where he studied at the Académie Julian. While in Paris he exhibited in the Salon d'Automne and Salon des Indépendants.

Otis returned to the United States in 1924 and briefly resettled in the family home in Sacramento. The following year he rented a studio in San Francisco and joined the staff of the California School of Fine Arts. In 1934, he was among the artists selected to paint murals in San Francisco's Coit Tower. During World War II, Otis worked as a draftsman at Fort Mason Marine Repair, and then taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts. His students included Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira.

His work is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Otis Oldfield died in San Francisco on May 18, 1969.

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