Entrance to Gardens, Fontainebleau, France
1924 - Daniel MacMorris
Daniel MacMorris is mostly recognized by his contribution as a public muralist painter and his devotion to the beauty, color and truth of classical genre painting. He is also known for a few very well-known portraits of Marcel Duchamp, Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen, Auguste Francois Marie Gorguet, and Leon Gaspard.
"The Applied Arts", 1932 - South Vestibule Lunette,
and ceiling vault murals, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Fine Art
In the 1930's, MacMorris painted three Nelson-Atkins South Vestibule Lunette panels symbolizing the fine arts, the applied arts, and architecture. He also painted the decorative ceiling vaults in the South Vestibule with very clear connection to Neo-classical and Renaissance imagery - festoons reminding me of Raphael's loggia in the Vatican and the garden-facing loggia at Villa Farnesina in Trastevere.
MacMorris also painted all the vaulted ceilings surrounding the Nelson-Atkins Rozzelle Court atrium. Here he used faded pigments, painted directly on the ceiling plaster (while on his back!) and the paintings look wonderfully ancient as a result.
Rozzelle Court Ceiling Vault, 1938
MacMorris played a major role in the murals of Memory Hall at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. He famously edited the Pantheon de la Garre originally created by Auguste M. Gorguet.
Liberty Memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers of World War I was completed in 1926, located on a hillock on the edge of downtown Kansas City. A 1921 winning design competition entry by Harold Van Buren Magonigle (McKinley Memorial, Canton, Ohio; Monument to USS Maine, Columbus Circle) features a tall memorial tower with eternal flame, two exhibition halls and two colossal Egyptian sphinx-like sculptures "Memory" and "Future", their heads shrouded by wings in order to shield their view from pain and suffering of war and skepticism of things to come.
In 2006, after major renovations, the National WWI Museum opened underneath the Memorial Court; exhibits and curation of the museum collection rival any Smithsonian Museum I've visited.
"Dedication of the Memorial Site, November 1, 1921"
1948 - Memory Hall, Liberty Memorial
This MacMorris mural on the West-most wall depicts the portraits of the five allied military leaders: General John J. Pershing (USA), Marshal Ferdinand Foch (France), Admiral David Beatty (Great Britain), General Armando Diaz (Italy), and General Baron Jacques (Belgium) in 1921 as they presided as distringuished speakers at the Liberty Memorial site in Kansas City - and is record of the only time all allied leaders were together in one place at the same time. The foreground is llustrated with 15 vestal virgins - in the background: 100,000 spectators and Union Station.