San Francisco Life by Lucien Labaudt at the Beach Chalet
Lucien Labaudt (American, born France, 1880–1943). San Francisco Life, 1936–1937. Fresco. Beach Chalet.
The mural depicts four San Francisco tourist locales: the beach, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Marina. Recognizable figures of the time from the arts and politics are shown in the mural scenes, engaging in leisure activities. Since Labaudt painted the mural in 1936-37, during the Great Depression, such leisure would have actually been out of reach for most people. Showing high-profile figures, including WPA administrators, enjoying their leisure time, was most probably a political comment on the inequalities of the times. More information>>