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Bison Hunt fresco by Charles Kassler Jr. at the Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles, 1934
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
UCLA Library Special Collections, A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575. Email: Phone: (310) 825-4988
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
View of the Bison Hunt fresco located in the Children's Court of the Los Angeles Public Library (Los Angeles Central Library).
Charles Kassler Jr. was a painter, printmaker, and lithographer. He lost a hand during a high school chemistry experiment. He studied art and architecture at Princeton University and the Chicago Art Institute. From 1925 to 1932 Kassler continued his studies while living at various times in New Mexico, Europe, and North Africa. While in France he apprenticed himself to a well-known fresco painter. He was active in Denver before moving to Los Angeles in 1933. He painted murals for the Federal Art Project and was an instructor at the Chouinard Art School (1933-34) and School of Design in Pasadena (1939).
The fifty foot fresco was one of the 2 largest frescoes created under the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). The other is the "Pastoral California" frescoe, also by Kassler. Damaged by rain runoff over the years, the Bison Hunt fresco was painted over in 1963. When the Tom Bradley wing was added to the Library, the entrance to what was the children’s department was moved to become the entrance to the Mark Taper Auditorium, and the children’s court was also relocated, including the sculptures by Lee Lawrie.
Text from negative sleeve: Los Angeles Library, Frescoes
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Murals--California--Los Angeles
Public art--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Public Library. Central Library
Public Works of Art Project (U.S.)
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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