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San Francisco Street

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Hilaire Hiler, San Francisco Street, 1936, oil on Masonite, Allocated by the U.S. Government, Commissioned through New Deal art projects, public domain, L43.6.9

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Title

San Francisco Street

Artist

Hilaire Hiler (American, 1898-1966)

Date

1936

Medium

oil on Masonite

Dimensions (H x W x D)

30 in x 20 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature; date: Hiler 1936, lower right

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Allocated by the U.S. Government, Commissioned through New Deal art projects

Accession Number

L43.6.9

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Masonite (TM)

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

streetscapes

Works Progress Administration Artworks

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Janet and Richard Geary Gallery

Description

Hiler was an exponent of modern art and best known for his abstract works. Born in Minnesota, he took classes at the Rhode Island School of Design as a child. Later he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and other institutions in Pennsylvania, Colorado, California and Ontario, Canada, as well as in John William Server's studio, before sailing to France in 1919. Continuing his studies at the University of Paris, he supported himself by playing in a jazz band and running a nightclub on the Left Bank. Working in San Francisco by the 1930s, the decade during which San Francisco Street was executed, he was commissioned by the WPA to paint murals in the Aquatic Park Bath House (now the National Maritime Museum). Hiler exhibited work at the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939, and then made subsequent moves to Hollywood, Santa Fe, and New York, before returning to Paris in the early 1960s.

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