It is my thesis that the impetus for Minerva Teichert's prolific mural production came from the lofty ideals of the Beaux Art mural tradition which she encountered and embraced during her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1909 to 1912. Furthermore, it was the great interest in mural decoration during the 1930s, spurred by government patronage, that provided Teichert with the opportunity to apply these ideals to large-scale works.
Research into the Beaux Art mural tradition has been difficult, as recent scholarship on the subject is negligible. An understanding of this early mural movement however, yields a greater understanding of later mural production in America. I am convinced that not only Teichert, but other muralists of the 1930s, were motivated by Beaux Art ideals.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Art
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Wardle, Marian Eastwood, "Minerva Teichert's Murals: The Motivation for her Large-Scale Production" (1988). Theses and Dissertations. 5194.
Mural painting, decoration, American, Utah, Christian art, symbolism, Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert, 1888-1976, Mormon art