"Rural Mississippi--From Early Days to Present"
Lucile Blanch (aka Lucille Blanch, Lucile Lunquist Blanch, Lucile Lundquist-Blanch, & Lucille Lundquist-Blanch) painted “Rural Mississippi-From Early Days to Present” for the Tylertown, Mississippi post office. According to Deborah Purnell (2004), it was “actually a fresco painted directly onto the wall” and Blanch was “one of the few artists who actually painted the mural in the same town for which the work was commissioned. She took great pleasure in talking to townsfolk about the progress of the painting, and they, in turn, enjoyed seeing places they knew develop in the work.” The mural was completed in 1941.
Blanch, born in Hawley, Minnesota in 1895, received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1933.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. (Retrieved from www.gf.org/fellows/1363-lucile-blanch). Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Historic Resources Inventory. Purnell, D. (2004). Windows on the past. UM Quest. Smithsonian American Art Museum & the Renwick Gallery. (Retrieved from americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=443).
Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on April 7, 2013.
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