WPA Mural Study for San Antonio Texas Post Office by Alois Fabry Jr., 1937
Alois Fabry Jr. (b. New York 1912 – 1986) was a talented artist in the New York area when the Depression hit the country. He was employed by the WPA “New Deal” program to create works for public project buildings. His “Floating Horses Down the Cumberland River” was commissioned for the Williamsburg, Ky. post office. His most controversial work was a mural done in 1936 for the Brooklyn Borough Hall. Said to be one of his best works, it was destroyed in 1945 under orders from then mayor LaGuardia, who was offended by its' socialistic overtones. This work we are presenting here was done for a competition to create murals for the San Antonio, Texas post office and courthouse. The art is influenced by the murals of Mexico's master Diego Rivera. The scene features a worker under the oppressing weight of a bundle of sugar cane and an armed man. The painting is executed on board, with a wooden frame structure for support. The piece is in great original condition, and marked on the back side.
Dimensions: 42 in.H x 42 in.W x 1 in.D