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"Livestock Farm Scene, " WPA Mural Study with Farmhands Handling Hay and Feed
By Rollin Crampton 1
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This classic example of Social Realist art was painted by Rollin Crampton as a study for a WPA
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Vintage 1930s North American Art Deco Paintings

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Paint

WPA Mural Study 1940 American Scene Modern Social Realism Figurative Mid Century
By Michael Loew
Located in New York, NY
WPA Mural Study 1940 American Scene Modern Social Realism Figurative Mid Century Michael Loew
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1940s American Realist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Post Office WPA Mural Study American Scene Social Realism Modern 20th Century
By Carlos Lopez
Located in New York, NY
Post Office WPA Mural Study American Scene Social Realism Modern 20th Century Carlos Lopez (1910
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1940s American Realist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Board, Oil

"The Return of Timothy Pickering, " WPA Mural Study Painting, 1939
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Full of atmosphere, rich color and drama, this mural study by Dunbar Beck was executed in
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Paintings

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Gouache

Antique American Modernist WPA Mural Study Signed Framed Original Oil Painting
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique American modernist signed mural study oil painting. Oil on board. Signed. Framed.
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1920s Modern Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Naval Recruit, " Classic WPA Mural Study by Henricksen for Naval Station, 1936
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A classic example of WPA-period mural painting, this study was painted by Ralf Henricksen in the
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Paintings

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Paint

"Orpheus Over the Globe, " Important Mural Study for 1939-1940 NY World's Fair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
painted for the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. Beck also painted a WPA mural for the Post Office in
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Vintage 1930s American Paintings

Materials

Paper

Three Young Men California WPA Figurative Modern Art Gay American Scene 1930s
By Boris Deutsch
Located in New York, NY
WPA mural project, Deutsch was born in Lithuania and died in Los Angeles. Works of Boris Deutsch are
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1930s American Realist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

MODERNIST ABSTRACT Mid-Century New Hope Non-Objective oil American Modern WPA
By Louis Stone
Located in New York, NY
studio. In France, he became friends with Marsden Hartley. Stone was on the WPA mural project.
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1940s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Multiple Male Nudes, " drawing by Ben Messick
By Ben Messick
Located in Philadelphia, PA
1940s, and painted several WPA murals in the Los Angeles area. His works are in the collection of the
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Vintage 1930s American Drawings

Materials

Pencil, Paper

"Bricklayer at Rest, " Monumental WPA Period Painting of Worker with Landscape
By Paul Ulen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
wall to one side, is a Classic example of American social realism, epitomized by the many WPA murals
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Paintings

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Paint

"Children of the Crucible", Striking Art Deco Mural by Beck, T. Roosevelt quote
Located in Philadelphia, PA
immigrants at the bottom of the stairs, to middle-class professionals at the top. Again in the WPA mural
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Paintings

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Paint

WPA Post Office Mural Study Native American Scene Regionalism Social Realism
By Louise Ronnebeck
Located in New York, NY
WPA Post Office Mural Study Native American Scene Regionalism Social Realism Louise Emerson
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1930s American Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Cardboard, Watercolor

"Nude in Surreal Landscape, " Important Art Deco Painting by Radio City Artist
By Eduard Buk Ulreich
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Rockefeller Center in New York, as well as WPA murals across the nation, this beautiful depiction of a female
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Paintings

Materials

Watercolor, Pencil, Gouache, Paper

"Nude in Tropical Garden, " Brilliantly-Hued Art Deco Painting by Cenci, 1949
By Gustavo Cenci
Located in Philadelphia, PA
set of WPA murals for the post office in Port Chester, New York. Here, the artist depicts a female
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Paintings

Materials

Watercolor

"Justice Triumphant", Mural Study for Queens, Ny Courthouse, circa 1941-1942
By Eugene Francis Savage
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A striking example of WPA mural art, this study for one of the murals proposed for the new Queens
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Paintings

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Paint

Exotic Bird Frieze, Art Deco Decorative Painting by Dunbar Beck
Located in Philadelphia, PA
, a WPA mural for the post office in Danvers, Massachusetts, and decorations for a piano donated by
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Paintings

Materials

Gouache

"Legacy, " Original Painting by Ivan Bartlett, Mid-Century Fabric Designer
By Ivan Bartlett
Located in Philadelphia, PA
In his early years, artist Ivan Bartlett was known for his WPA mural painting, such as for the Ada
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Gouache

Haying
Located in Raleigh, NC
Rgrfinearts presents a rare WPA mural study by the African American artist Carl G. Hill. Mr. Hill
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1930s Realist Paintings

Materials

Watercolor

Haying
Haying
H 16 in W 20 in D 3 in
Sketch for Mural, Figure on Horseback in Black and White Original Drawing
Located in Denver, CO
seven WPA mural commissions in Wyoming, Montana, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. She went on to
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20th Century American Modern Animal Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Graphite

"Black and Red Nude", Large Male Nude Painting by Christopher Clark, 1954
By Christopher Clark
Located in Philadelphia, PA
New York City. Clark painted WPA murals in the 1930s, did illustration art for Forbes magazine, and
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Materials

Paint

Mid Century Painting with "Song of Solomon" Theme, by Lenson
By Michael Lenson
Located in Philadelphia, PA
director of WPA mural projects in New Jersey in the 1930s. Lenson painted an important set of murals on the
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

A Cubist, Untitled Mural Study of a City Scene by Artist Rudolph Weisenborn
By Rudolph Weisenborn
Located in Chicago, IL
A graphite on paper, untitled mural study, Cubist city scene by WPA-era artist Rudolph Weisenborn
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1940s Cubist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Paper, Charcoal

A Graphite on Paper Mural Study of a Rail Yard by Rudolph Weisenborn, ca. 1940
By Rudolph Weisenborn
Located in Chicago, IL
A graphite on paper, untitled mural study, Cubist scene of a rail yard by WPA-era artist Rudolph
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1940s Cubist Abstract Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Graphite

'Mural Study: Lower Manhattan' — WPA Era Precisionism
By Louis Lozowick
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Louis Lozowick, 'Mural Study: Lower Manhattan', lithograph, edition 10 or fewer, 1936. Flint 135
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1930s American Modern Landscape Prints

Materials

Lithograph

'Ginger Cat with Still Life', American Modernist, WPA Muralist, SFAA, GGIE, MoMA
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
, Risling worked on a number of substantial WPA mural projects including, in 1936 and 1937, with Edith
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1940s Modern Animal Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Railroad, 1932, Reginald Marsh, Train, Lithograph, Metropolitan Museum of Art
By Reginald Marsh
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Fine Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He also produced WPA murals
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1930s Realist Landscape Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Guy Pene du Bois WPA American Modernism Realism NYC Scene Oil Lawyers in Court
By Guy Pène Du Bois
Located in New York, NY
Bois's career is his involvement with the WPA projects. In 1937 Pène du Bois received a WPA mural
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1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Paper, Oil, Board

W.P.A. Style Painting, Science, Politics Industry 1940s-1950s, Oil on Board
By WPA
Located in Buffalo, NY
by a highly skilled artist, possibly a study for a large mural.
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Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Paintings

Materials

Wood, Paint

Men Working Mural Study American Scene Social Realism Mid 20th Century Modern
By Jo Cain
Located in New York, NY
– 2003) Men Working: WPA Mural Study 17 ½ x 10 ½ inches Oil on board, c. 1940's Signed verso: Study for
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1940s American Realist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Boat Yard (PA Impressionist landscape)
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Wilton Manors, FL
; Woodstock AA. Commissions: WPA mural, USPO, Masontown, PA. Comments: He came to the U.S. from England, in
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1960s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Watercolor

Bathers 1940s Mid 20th Century American Scene Social Realism WPA Modern Ashcan
Located in New York, NY
established herself as a noted painter, illustrator, cartoonist, and teacher with two WPA murals in Iowa to
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1940s American Realist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

Eduard Buk Ulreich WPA Artist Proposed Mural, 1940s, Freedom of the Seas
By Eduard Buk Ulreich
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Eduard Buk Ulreich (1899-1966) mix-media on panel, 1940s Design for a Mural. Titled: Freedom of
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Mid-20th Century American Paintings

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Paint

Mural Study 1933 Depression Era Mid-Century WPA Modern American Scene Drawing
By Michael Loew
Located in New York, NY
Mural Study 1933 Depression Era Mid-Century WPA Modern American Scene Drawing. Study to Scale
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1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Egg Tempera, Board

Chemists American Scene Mid 20th Century Modern Social Realism WPA Science Mural
By Jo Cain
Located in New York, NY
Chemists American Scene Mid 20th Century Modern Social Realism WPA Science Mural Jo Cain (1904
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1930s American Realist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Gouache

Mural Studies, Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco WPA American Modernism 1930s
By Frank Van Sloun
Located in New York, NY
Mural Studies, Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco WPA American Modernism 1930s. 9 x 12 inches
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1930s American Modern Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Egg Tempera

"Pueblos", Classic WPA-Era Mural Study with Native Americans for Los Angeles, CA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This classic example of WPA-period mural painting, executed by Verona Burkhardt for the Immigration
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Paintings

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Paint

NYC 1939 World's Fair Mural Study American Scene WPA Modern Mid 20th Century
Located in New York, NY
NYC 1939 World's Fair Mural Study American Scene WPA Modern Mid 20th Century Eugene Savage (1883
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1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Bronx Post Office Mural Study WPA Horse Social Realism Mid 20th Century Modern
By Jo Cain
Located in New York, NY
Bronx Post Office Mural Study WPA Horse Social Realism Mid 20th Century Modern Jo Cain (1904
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1930s American Realist Animal Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Ink, Gouache, Board

St, Louis River Mural Study American Scene Social Realism Mid 20th Century WPA
By Jo Cain
Located in New York, NY
St, Louis River Mural Study American Scene Social Realism Mid 20th Century WPA Jo Cain (1904-2003
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1930s American Realist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Gouache, Board

Jan Matulka VIEW OF THE BRONX Watercolor American Modern NYC 20th Century
By Jan Matulka
Located in New York, NY
Pereira. In the late 1930s, he became a WPA mural artist. He continued to paint until he died in New
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1920s American Modern Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Watercolor, Graphite, Paper

Constructivist Abstraction — 1930s Spacial Illusionism
By Paul Kelpe
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
murals for the New York WPA mural program—the first abstract murals created in the United States. He said
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1930s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

James Brooks at Martha Jackson gallery (rare Abstract Expressionist poster)
By James Brooks
Located in New York, NY
Art Museum, Brookville, NY (2000); Rediscovering James Brooks: WPA Murals & Other Figural Works
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

untitled (Exotic Bird in Fantastic Landscape)
By August F. Biehle
Located in Fairlawn, OH
and painted WPA murals during the Depression. From 1913 to 1952, he earned his living as a
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1960s American Modern Animal Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Graphite

"Two Seas and a Moon" Surrealism American Scene WWII Modern WWI Denver WPA Era
By Arnold Rönnebeck
Located in New York, NY
, but the couple remained in Colorado where both were active with WPA mural competitions. He also did
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1940s Surrealist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Seated Nude
By August F. Biehle
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Sandusky. In the 1920s and 30s, he did numerous American Scene paintings and painted WPA murals during
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1920s American Modern Nude Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

Ink

Seated Nude
Seated Nude
H 23.88 in W 18.63 in
San Pedro Post Office: History of Writing Mural South, Preliminary Mural Study
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This mural study is part of our exhibition America Coast to Coast: Artists of the 1930s San Pedro
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1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Mixed Media

UNTITLED PORTRAIT (Self Portrait?)
By Byron Browne
Located in Portland, ME
abstraction within the WPA's mural division. Browne completed abstract works for Studio D at radio station
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1940s Portrait Prints

Materials

Watercolor

Untitled
By Michael Loew
Located in Lawrence, NY
--Loew painted in a figurative style before the war and participated in the WPA mural project which gave
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Oil

Untitled
Untitled
H 29.5 in W 22.5 in
Nude No. 22
By Michael Loew
Located in Lawrence, NY
war and participated in the WPA mural project which gave otherwise unemployed artists jobs during the
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1950s Cubist Nude Drawings and Watercolors

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India Ink

Yellow Aura, White Series #4
By Michael Loew
Located in Lawrence, NY
figurative style before the war and participated in the WPA mural project which gave otherwise unemployed
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1970s Constructivist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Green Night
By Michael Loew
Located in Lawrence, NY
figurative style before the war and participated in the WPA mural project which gave otherwise unemployed
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Oil

Unique Painting By Albert Pels WPA Artist!
By Albert Pels
Located in Larchmont, NY
Students League in 1939, as well as, on the board the WPA Artists. One of the most important murals done
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20th Century American Realist Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

1970s American Modern Black and White Abstract Oil Painting, Edward Chavez
By Edward Chavez
Located in Denver, CO
. WPA Murals: West High School, Denver, CO; USPOs, Center, TX, (1938), Geneva, NE, and Glenwood Springs
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1970s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Abstract Oil Painting with a Bird Motif by Edward Chavez, Black Pink Red Blue
By Edward Chavez
Located in Denver, CO
; Newark Mus.; Roswell Mus. Art; Mus. of New Mexico. WPA Murals: West High School, Denver, CO; USPOs
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1980s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

American Modern Abstract Bronze Sculpture on Granite Stand, Edward Chavez
By Edward Arcenio Chavez
Located in Denver, CO
; Newark Mus.; Roswell Mus. Art; Mus. of New Mexico. WPA Murals: West High School, Denver, CO; USPOs
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20th Century American Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Granite, Bronze

Multicolored Abstract Painted Metal Sculpture by Edward Chavez, American Modern
By Edward Arcenio Chavez
Located in Denver, CO
; Butler Inst. Am. Art, Youngstown, OH; Newark Mus.; Roswell Mus. Art; Mus. of New Mexico. WPA Murals
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Metal

Nude No. 20
By Michael Loew
Located in Lawrence, NY
participated in the WPA mural project which gave otherwise unemployed artists jobs during the Great Depression
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1950s Cubist Nude Drawings and Watercolors

Materials

India Ink

Stormy Coast Maine
By Emil Bisstram
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
1930s (WPA murals) to abstractions based on the dynamic symmetry theories he learned from Jay Hambidge
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1960s Modern Landscape Paintings

Materials

Board, Oil

'Consort', Modernist Equestrian Gouache, AIC, WPA artist, Benezit
By Eduard Buk Ulreich
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
of the Fine Arts. After serving in World War I, Ulreich moved to New York and worked as a WPA
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1950s Art Deco Animal Paintings

Materials

Tempera, Gouache, Illustration Board

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  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 2, 2021
    A WPA mural was a public work of art owing to a federal government program that came to fruition in the United States during the 1930s. WPA stands for Works Progress Administration. As part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, the government-funded Works Progress Administration hired artists, illustrators, graphic designers and more to paint murals and create sculptures in schools, municipal buildings and elsewhere all over the United States — the effort, which included teaching art classes to children and budding artists, was put in place to build morale and offer employment during the Great Depression.