Theme/Style California Modernism, landscapes
Media Oils, murals, sculpture, lithography
Artistic Focus A San Francisco native, Suzanne Scheuer was one of the muralists commissioned by the Depression-era Public Works of Art Project to create the Coit Tower murals. In addition to her Coit Tower work, she created murals in the Berkeley post office, and in post office buildings in Caldwell and Eastland, Texas.
• Scheuer’s Coit Tower mural, an illustration
of the news gathering and distribution process, is notable for its use
of reds and blues, colors not normally associated with the usual earth
tones of the fresco palette. The mural depicts the submission of a news
item to an editor, its incorporation into the printing process, and the
eventual distribution of the news to a street-side newsstand. The hot
news, proclaimed on the front page of an issue of the San Francisco
Chronicle reads, “Artists Finish Coit Tower Murals, April 1934.”
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