"Family Group"Maplewood, MO, Carl C. Mose, "Family Group", 1942, wood relief
The post office contains a 1942 Section of Fine Arts sculpture by Carl Mose entitled “Family Group.”
The sculpture is a wood bas relief with the father in support at the base, mother supporting the child who is reaching for a dove. A church is in the background surrounded by trees. All is peaceful and tranquil in this scene with no fore-shadowing of war, save the child reaching for the bird of peace.
Carl Mose was born 1903 in Copenhagen, Denmark, studied at the Chicago Art Institute, the Student’s Art League and Beaux Arts Academy in New York City. He specialized in sculpture, also doing the large sculptures on the outside of the Salina, KS post office. He was the head of the sculpture department at Washington University, STL. He created many public sculptures subsequently including
Stan Musial outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis. He died in 1973 in New Windsor, MO.
Park and Markowitz, Democratic Vistas, Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, 1984.
Project originally submitted by Charles Swaney on January 11, 2013.
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