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Historical subjects or social ones, whether they are called "Cuirassiers at Waterloo," "Don't Wake Grandma," "Japanese Artillery in Action," "Sharecroppers," "The Mail Arrives at Porto Rico," fail to give me a thrill. Tons of news pulp, the movies, and the radio convinced me that mural painting as a means of special pleading could be absurdly feeble.  >>more...>>

Title:     An Approach to Mural Decoration
Author:    Hiler, Hilaire
Publisher:     The Federal Art Project
Type:     Article

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San Francisco, California

Notes:     This essay was originally written for a proposed report to Congress on the value of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP). The proposed report, to be called "Art for the Millions," was never published and these essays by WPA/FAP artists and administrators went unnoticed until rediscovered by art historian Francis V. O'Connor among the private papers of WPA/FAP Director Holger Cahill.

The original manuscript is now in the file "Federal Support for the Visual Arts: The New Deal and Now" at the Library of the National Collection of Fine Arts of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. For a history of the Art for the Millions project, see Francis V. O'Connor's introduction in his Art for the Millions: Essays from the 1930s by Artists and Administrators of the WPA Federal Art Project (Greenwood, CT, 1973), p. 13-31.