Gus Gay painted this mural for the Federal Art Project, part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Gay was one of what Nancy Boas calls “the California Colorists” of the era.
Nancy Boas notes that, “His mural for Monterey High School uses his characteristic late palette, strong on deep cerulean blue and chalky reds and pinks. The solid forms and simple architectural backgrounds reveal Gay’s clarity of design.”
There may be two other murals in the high school whose provenance is also New Deal. More information is needed on those.
Nancy Boas. The Society of Six: California Colorists. University of California Press, 1988: 162.
Project originally submitted by Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry on July 24, 2013.
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