Post Office Mural – Monticello IN

Description

The post office contains a 1942 Section of Fine Arts mural by Marguerite Zorach entitled “Hay Making.”

The scene is that of an extended family “Making Hay”, loading cut and dried hay into the horse drawn cart with children playing in the foreground on either side, a young woman working alongside the men. The scene is completed by the farmland in the background. Although the scene is hard farm labor, the artist included a woman in the center of the work and 3 of the 4 children are girls, a female artist tending to include more women in her work. The work shows the versatility of the artist as she was known as a cubist and fauvist.

Marguerite Zorach was born in Santa Rosa, CA. She attended Stanford in 1908, travelled to France to pursue art, studied at La Palette. She met and married William Zorach. She was a pioneer in abstract painting in the United States, though her influence and position were not fully realized until 2 years after her death when early canvases were discovered. After the birth of 2 children, she worked primarily on
embroidered tapestries.

Other murals by Zorach at Peterborough, NH, Ripley, TN, and possibly Fresno, CA.

Source notes

Park and Markowitz, Democratic Vistas, Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, 1984.

Project originally submitted by Charles Swaney on January 31, 2013.

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Location Info


125 W Broadway
Monticello, IN 47960

Coordinates: 40.744679, -86.763135

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