Otis Oldfield, Woman in Bath, 1932

Good Times – Hard Times
Uncommon Scenes of Early 20th Century San Francisco

From the personal collection of former gallery owner Jan Holloway, we are pleased to present historic paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculpture from early 20th century San Francisco – including the difficult days of labor struggles and war and happier scenes of San Francisco at play. Much of this work has never before been exhibited and is offered for sale for the first time.

The exhibition includes some of California’s most prominent artists of the era. The checklist of the exhibition includes Victor Arnautoff, Anne Bremer, Xavier Martinez, Arthur Mathews, Irving Norman, Otis Oldfield, Gottardo Piazzoni, Joseph Raphael, Louis Siegriest, Peter Stackpole, Ralph Stackpole and Herman Volz, among others. The work of this era is also spotlighted in two museum exhibitions, “The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933-36” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and “Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay” at the Oakland Museum.

Jan Holloway knew many of these artists and their families, and in the catalog of the exhibition she tells their stories. Holloway was active on the San Francisco art scene from 1978 until her retirement in 2005. After working with the legendary Maxwell Galleries and as a private dealer, she opened the Jan Holloway Gallery in North Beach in 1988, later moving to Union Square.