Full name: James Michael (Erbin-) Newell
Born: February 21, 1900 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 1985 in Liberty, New York, United States
Country: United States
Sport: Art Competitions
American painter James Michael Newell was best known for his fresco murals. His birth name was James Erbin Newell but he changed it when becoming an artist. Newell studied painting in Paris at Académie Julian, and then fresco at the École des Beaux-Arts. He and his second wife, Mardy Allen, researched Renaissance frescoes in Italy. He then painted mainly murals depicting the social scenes of his country in lobbies in Washington, DC.
One of Newell’s best known works was eight murals titled The History of Western Civilization, at Evander Childs High School in 1938, showing people’s life in the Bronx. The murals show primitive man building his society, youth migrating from it to new lands, the meeting and mingling of tribes, the clashing of eastern culture and scientific knowledge with western force, building knowledge and ideas of law and democracy.
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