John Marshall High School: Napolitano Murals – Los Angeles CA

City:
Los Angeles, CA

Site Type:
Murals, Art Works

New Deal Agencies:
Federal Arts Project (FAP), Arts Programs

Completed:
1936

Artist:
P. G. Napolitano

Quality of Information:
Moderate

Marked:
Unknown

Site Survival:
Unknown

Description

Artist P. G. Napolitano painted two frescoes at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, CA. The two 6′ by 8′ panels are located on either side of the main lobby’s entrance. Napolitano received funding from the Federal Arts Project (FAP).

“Mr. Napolitano’s main interest has always been in murals, which he executes in tempra (egg white), in frescoes, and in Sgraffito [a technique by which a picture is created by scraping through top coats of colored mortars while still fresh, revealing underneath the color desired] which he introduced here in creative work. Much of his work is marked by the omission of pretty detail and mere decorativeness until only the essential stand out; economy of line, rhythm, and strength are the three uppermost qualities” (Wells, p. 22).

Napolitano’s other New Deal–funded works in the region include two sgraffitos, “Spirit of the Fiesta,” at Thomas Starr King Middle School in Los Angeles, CA.

Source notes

Wells, N. W. “Federal Art Project and the Schools.” Los Angeles School Journal XX, no. 29 (April 26, 1937): 17–25.

Site originally submitted by Natalie McDonald on February 11, 2023.

Location Info


3939 Tracy St
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Coordinates: 34.1083, -118.2769

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