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1935 Frederick Olmsted; Lost Frescoes; Heart Pacemaker

Frederick Olmsted (a great nephew of the landscape architect) studied with Ralph Stackpole at the California School of Fine Arts and also completed a set of murals at the School—one that is in the SFAI’s Anne Bremer Memorial Library and this one that was done in 1935 in what is now Still Lights Gallery which was painted over at some point in the 1940s.Olmsted’s mural is one of a set of SFAI “Lost Frescos” that have recently been discovered. A grant from the NEH has underwritten the beginning of the mural’s restoration. In 1934 Olmsted worked on the WPA murals at Coit Tower. He later became a biophysicist at the Cleveland Clinic where he developed the prototype for today’s pacemaker.


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.



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