The art of football : the early game in the golden age of illustration / Michael Oriard.

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    • Abstract:
      This is a singular look at early college football art and illustrations. This collection contains more than two hundred images, many rare or previously unpublished, from a variety of sources, including artists Winslow Homer, Edward Penfield, J. C. Leyendecker, Frederic Remington, Charles Dana Gibson, George Bellows, and many others. Along with the rich art that captured the essence of football during its early period, Michael Oriard provides a historical context for the images and for football during this period, showing that from the beginning it was perceived more as a test of courage and training in manliness than simply an athletic endeavor. Oriard's analysis shows how these early artists had to work out for themselves-and for readers-what in the new game should be highlighted and how it should appear on the page or canvas. The Art of Football takes modern readers back to the day when players themselves were new to the sport, and illustrators had to show the public what the new game of football was. Oriard demonstrates how artists focused on football's dual nature as a grueling sport to be played and as a social event and spectacle to be watched. Through its illustrations and words this book gives readers an engaging look at the earliest depictions of the game and the origins of the United States as a football nation.
    • Content Notes:
      Harper's weekly and the beginnings of American football art -- The Gibson girl, the Yellow Kid, and the art of the football cartoon -- Edward Penfield, J.C. Leyendecker, and football poster art -- Howard Giles, George Bellows, and the illustrated football story.
    • Notes:
      "Includes Edward Penfield, J.C. Leyendecker, Frederic Remington, Charles Dana Gibson, George Bellows, and Many Others."
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-235) and index.
    • ISBN:
      9780803290693 (cloth : alk. paper)
      0803290691 (cloth : alk. paper)
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LJ Reviews 2017 August #1

Oriard is a former professional football lineman who later spent nearly four decades as a professor of literature at Oregon State University. He combined those interests to establish himself as the premier academic studying football in American culture, perhaps most notably in King Football and Brand NFL. Here, he takes a focused look at the graphic depiction of the game from 1880 to 1920, a period that witnessed not only the growth of American football but the evolution of illustration techniques and styles in the popular press. Oriard's four-part essay that complements this lavishly illustrated volume investigates the transition from woodcut engraving and halftone printing to cartoons and caricatures, posters and magazine covers, story illustrations and paintings. Through this exploration, the author plumbs the cultural meaning of the messages conveyed, especially as they express the idea of excess, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. VERDICT A gorgeous and thoughtful overview of the visual record of the early years of the game. Highly recommended.

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