Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Deal Art: "Winter Sports"

Above: "Winter Sports," a mural study by Paul Faulkner, created while he was in the New Deal's Section of Fine Arts. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Above: A closer look at the left-hand side of the painting.

Above: A closer look at the center of the painting.

Above: A closer look at the right-hand side of the painting. The finished mural, located in the Kewaunee, Wisconsion Post Office, has some significant changes from this mural study. It can be viewed on the website of the Living New Deal, here.

Above: The New Deal not only painted winter sports, it made winter sports, such as this WPA-built ski jump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, ca. 1935-1943. Across the United States, WPA workers created 1,101 ice skating areas, 65 ski jumps, and 310 miles of ski trails (Final Report on the WPA Program, 1935-43, 1946, p. 131). Photo courtesy of the National Archives and the New Deal Network.

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