“Recreational Grounds of New York City” by Ryah LudinsPhotographed by Horvath for the WPA/FAP Photographic Division on March 7, 1939, series 127, exhibit JE, approved May 9, 1939.
In the late 1930s Ryah Ludins painted the mural entitled “Recreational Grounds of New York City” for the men’s recreation room in the Psychiatric Building of Bellevue Hospital. It was one of over a dozen murals painted by artists for the building with funds provided by the Federal Art Project arm of the Works Progress Administration.
We know that one of the murals at Bellevue hospital entitled “Materials for Relaxation” by David Margolis has been restored. However, The Living New Deal needs further information to determine the current status of the other WPA murals painted for Bellevue Hospital.
Ryah Ludins first became interested in mural painting during a visit to Europe in which she decided to undertake a survey of Italian frescoes. She later deepened her study of mural painting through her work with the burgeoning muralist movement in Mexico. Shortly after returning from to the U.S. in 1935, she was hired as a muralist by the WPA/FAP.
Wikimedia Commons: Archives of American Art - Ryah Ludins Archives of American Art: Ryah Ludins, 1937 June 16 New York City Design Archive: Mural by Ryah Ludins for the Mens Recreation Room Ask Art: Ryah de Fuentes Ludins Ackland Art Museum: Ryah Ludins, Marion Greenwood and Peggy Bacon The New York City Design Commission: Bellevue Hospital WPA Murals Tima Ludins: A Life on the Left
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