A Peek Inside the New Book “Artistic San Francisco”


Before hip neighborhoods, swanky bars, and icons like the Golden Gate Bridge took shape, San Francisco’s awe-inspiring beauty was luring artists to the City by the Bay.

Well, thanks to Pomegranate’s new publication, Artistic San Francisco, we can snag a glimpse back in time through art-colored glasses. The book features more than fifty artworks—prints, drawings, paintings, and photographs—from the mid-1800s to present. Unique in style and perspective, they capture the city’s character and beauty from rugged landscape to modern metropolis. In other words, if you love San Francisco (and who doesn’t?), you’ll dig this book. 

The entire collection is culled from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco – thirty of which are currently on view at the Legion of Honor through January 22. Here are a few of my faves:

Unidentified artist, Crate Label for Frisco Brand California Vegetables, Merrill Packing Company, Salinas, California, ca. 1934–1955. Image @ Fine Arts Museums San Francisco.

John Gutmann, Still Life with Telescope and Alcatraz, San Francisco, 1936. Image @ Fine Arts Museums San Francisco.

Fred Pond, Study for the Murals: Farmer, Department Store, and Banking and Law, Coit Tower, 1934. Image @ Fine Arts Museums San Francisco.

Angelo A. Sottosanti, San Francisco Outdoor Art Exhibit, 1941. Image @ Fine Arts Museums San Francisco.

Unidentified artist, The Golden Gate, 1879. Image @ Fine Arts Museums San Francisco.

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