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Art Competitions at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Mixed Painting, Paintings

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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: SWE David Wallin
Silver: USA Ruth Miller


The jury in the painting category consisted of the following\: 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.

In this category no bronze medal was awarded. The gold medal was earned by Swedish artist [David Wallin] for At the Seaside of Arild, a painting whose female figure in the center of the painting is reminiscent of Botticelli's Venus. The silver medal was won by US artist [Ruth Miller] for Struggle, a painting showing a realistic representation of a battle between a black and a white freestyle wrestler, a remarkable thing for the era considering that racial discrimination was still legal in the United States.

Five more artists received Honorable Mentions for their works, one of whom was US artist [George Hill] with his work Surf Fishing. He was the husband of graphic artist and painter [Polly Hill]. 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 David Wallin 56 Sweden SWE Gold At the Seaside of Arild
2 Ruth Miller 28 United States USA Silver Struggle
HM Antonia Matos 27 Guatemala GUA Course of Pirogues
HM Charles Pears 58 Great Britain GBR Shamrock V
HM George Hill 33 United States USA Surf Fishing
HM Michał Bylina 28 Poland POL Riding
HM Wacław Borowski 46 Poland POL The Archer