The 1937 mural “Beatty’s Barns,” created for the then-new Canonsburg post office, was painted by Peter Blume for the Treasury Section of Fine Arts.
In 1937, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described the mural’s unveiling as “a detailed, realistic piece of down-at-the-heel farmscape which the layman can readily understand. In fact, the mural’s popularity is due, probably, to the familiarity of its objects–a ramshackle farmhouse, a broken fence, a disintegrating automobile, and so on.” Eleanor Roosevelt admired the original sketch so much that she hung it in the White House.
Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: http://www.newdealartregistry.org/
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=19371105&id=104nAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vGkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3532,1291884, accessed November 15, 2014.
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