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Art Competitions at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Mixed Painting, Drawings And Water Colors

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 30, 1932
Date Finished: August 14, 1932

Gold: USA Lee Blair
Silver: USA Percy Crosby
Bronze: NED Gerard Westermann


The jury in the painting category consisted of Reginald H. Poland (1893-1975), San Diego; John Christian Johansen (1876-1964), New York; Eugene Francis Savage (1883-1978), New York; David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), Mexico; and Benjamin Chambers Brown (1865-1942), Pasadena. All were well-known painters, sculptors and museum directors.

The division into three areas, which had been made in 1928 for the first time, was retained. These were supposed to be separated as follows\: … Paintings (in oil on canvas or cardboard); drawings and watercolors on paper or on the appropriate fabric, single or multi-colored; graphical art (engravings, lithographs, posters). Once again a connection with sport was required. A total of 322 artists took part with 665 exhibits from 19 countries.

US artist [Lee Blair] painted Rodeo, which won the gold medal. The silver medal was earned by his colleague [Percy Crosby] for Jackknife, a sports columnist and illustrator for the “New York Globe”. He also entered the arts competitions in 1936. The bronze medal went to Dutch painter [Gerard Westermann] for Horseman, who also participated in 1936.

Four artists received honorable mention for their works. Among them was [Acee Blue Eagle], a well-known Pawnee Indian, who was an artist, educator, dancer, and flute player. It is also not known how the works were evaluated. Some works are referred to as )hors concours) in the Official Report, and there is no further explanation for this category.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Lee Blair 20 United States USA Gold Rodeo
2 Percy Crosby 40 United States USA Silver Jackknife
3 Gerard Westermann 51 Netherlands NED Bronze Horseman
HM Marcel Prévost Belgium BEL Coureurs
HM Acee Blue Eagle 24 United States USA Indian Ball Game
HM Gösta von Hennigs 66 Sweden SWE Acrobat Girl
HM Jean Jacoby 41 Luxembourg LUX Before the Goal