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Book Review: The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 11, 2014 01:10 AM
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by Eric last modified Apr 10, 2014

PrairieMod Squad member, Donna O., was kind enough to read and review the new book titled The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere by Catherine Coleman Brawer and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. Read the review and see more samples of the book after the jump... There are so many talented people who never receive recognition. Then there are those who do achieve a level of acclaim in their lifetime, but quickly fade into obscurity. This book...




 

 

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 9.25.13 PMPrairieMod Squad member, Donna O., was kind enough to read and review the new book titled The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere by Catherine Coleman Brawer and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. Read the review and see more samples of the book after the jump...


There are so many talented people who never receive recognition. Then there are those who do achieve a level of acclaim in their lifetime, but quickly fade into obscurity. This book brings to light an artist whose achievements have largely been forgotten, Hildreth Meiere.

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Born in 1892, Hildreth Meiere became a talented and prolific Art Deco muralist. Meiere received her first big break when she was commissioned to decorate the dome of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. by architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue in 1923. She then went on to complete over one hundred commissions for churches, civic and commercial buildings, theaters, schools, restaurants, ocean liners and the World Fair.

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Meiere's Art Deco style was influenced by modern and ancient themes, including Native American culture and beadwork. As a muralist, she painted or designed for many mediums such as canvas, leather, metal, wood, ceramic, terra cotta, brick and especially glass and marble mosaic. She earned many honors over her lifetime,including becoming the first woman to win the Fine Arts Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 1956. Even up to her death in 1961, Meiere was finishing a commission for a church in St. Louis.

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The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere highlights several of the works that Hildreth Meiere accomplished during her lifetime. There are many photographs to show the various commissions she executed. Reading this book was particualry interesting to me because without knowing it, I had seen her work at Rockefeller Chapel and admired it without knowing about the remarkable artist who created them. Although much of Meiere's work is no longer with us, there is much that can still be appreciate. This book is a good resource to begin that journey.

For information and to order your copy of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere, follow the link.

All images courtesy of Andrea Monfried Editions, LLC


 

 

 
 
 

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