The Art of Football: The Early Game in the Golden Age of Illustration

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The Art of Football 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 This collection contains more than two hundred images, many rare or previously unpublished, from a variety of sources, including artists Winslow Homer, Edward Penfield, J. C. Leyendecker, Frederic Remington, Charles Dana Gibson, George Bellows, and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 The Art of Football gives readers an engaging look at the earliest depictions of the game and the origins of the United States as a football nation.

Author: Michael Oriard
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 08/01/2017
Pages: 280
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.35lbs
Size: 7.17h x 10.13w x 0.97d
ISBN13: 9780803290693
ISBN10: 0803290691
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Football
- Art | History | Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
- Sports & Recreation | History

About the Author
​Michael Oriard played football for the University of Notre Dame and the Kansas City Chiefs and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in American literature and culture at Oregon State University. He is the author of four volumes on the cultural history of American football, including King Football: Sport and Spectacle in the Golden Age of Radio and Newsreels, Movies and Magazines, the Weekly, and the Daily Press. He has written about football for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated, and has appeared in numerous football documentaries produced by NFL Films, PBS's Frontline, ESPN, and others.