Theme/Style California Modernism
Media Oils, murals, lithographs, etchings
Artistic Focus William Hesthal’s work on the Coit Tower murals was more three-dimensional than others in the Tower, a fact which he later ascribed to his youthful defiance of Diego Rivera's authority; and its dark, somber use of color suggested that workers of the time had resigned themselves to waiting for better economic times. His frescoes in the Anne Bremer Library depict the relationship between artist and society, illustrating painting as both inspiration and commercial enterprise.
• A San Francisco native, William Hesthal began
taking Saturday art classes at the California School of Fine Arts at age
9. A year later he exhibited his first painting at the San Francisco Art
Association’s annual exhibition, and by the 1920s Hesthal was a
member of San Francisco’s Modern Gallery and an accomplished painter.
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