"This isn't a watercolor, it's a mural." - Erich Segal

The banner mural of ships and fishing supplies decorates the fence of a parking lot just off Marine Drive in White Rock B.C.
(Artist unknown)

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Murals of Thomas Hart Benton - Jefferson City, Missouri

For the last 30+ years of his career, artist Thomas Hart Benton concentrated on painting murals in the public buildings of the midwest states.

Joyce of Quiet Life pointed me to his murals in the Missouri State Capitol, a series called "The Social History of the State of Missouri." They depict scenes from pioneer days and the history of politics, farming and the law. Three panels show local legends.

This scene, the first of those legend panels, shows Huck Finn and Jim, fishing in the Mississippi. In the background is a paddle boat with the name “Sam Clemens” (aka Mark Twain and Missouri’s most famous writer) written on the side.

More of those striking murals can be seen here.



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