This painting of “Old Faithful” by Eugene Kingman is owned by the National Park Service, and is currently displayed in the Secretary of Interior’s office at the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C.
Having been an instructor of lithography and mural painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, Eugene Kingman created this lithograph in Colorado during one of his trips to various National Parks in the West during 1938. In fact, it was in Mesa Verde where he met his wife, Elizabeth Yelm Kingman, an anthropologist and park ranger there!
Eugene Kingman won a major commission, sponsored by the Section of Painting and Sculpture of the U.S. Treasury Department during the 1930s, to create spectacular murals at three U.S. Post Offices, which are still on display in Kemmerer, WY, East Providence, RI, and Hyattsville, MD. This mural is one of 3 murals exhibited in the Kemmerer Post Office.
Eugene Kingman painted this cornfield in 1961 near Omaha, Nebraska. It was displayed at the Audubon Artists’ 19th Annual Exhibition in New York City, and also chosen for the cover of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company’s 1970 calendar.
This painting by Eugene Kingman is the last of a series of seven Yosemite paintings, commissioned by National Geographic and featured in the March 1937 issue of the magazine, to illustrate a fascinating geographical article by Wallace W. Atwood.
"Art cannot get away from its period and time...Art and history are inseparable and dependent on each other."
Eugene Kingman (1909-1975) was a truly exceptional, amazing artist during the “New Deal” era, as well as a museum director later during his life. The profile Preserving His Legacy describes the life and career of this immensely creative and gifted person.
This site is designed to honor Eugene Kingman’s legacy and highly creative artistic gifts. Over time it will be developed to provide a catalog raissoné of the artist’s works.
Kingman/New York Times Mural…
EXCITING NEWS! On June 16, 2016 the public was invited to attend a special Unveiling Ceremony of the Kingman/New York Times mural at the Dale Clark Public Library in Omaha, Nebraska. This special mural which Eugene Kingman was commissioned by Arthur Hayes Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, to paint in 1946, was displayed in the Times lobby for over 40 years. It then was donated and shipped to the Joslyn Castle Trust in Omaha Nebraska for restoration, and on June 16, 2016 was displayed during a festive celebration event in its new permanent home at Omaha’s Dale Clark Public Library.
For more information, read David Dunlap’s New York Times Insider article and a Joslyn Castle Press Release. Also, a front page article in the Omaha World Herald describes this mural, and an earlier World Herald article announced the painting’s original installation in the New York Times Building back in 1948.
U.S. Post Office Murals…
Eugene Kingman moreover won a major commission sponsored by the United States Treasury Art Project during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal era in the 1930s to create murals, which are still displayed in the main lobby of three U.S. Post Offices in Kemmerer, WY, Hyattsville, MD, and East Providence, RI.
An overview of Kingman’s Nebraska paintings can be found in Kingman’s Nebraska, a collection constituting the celebrated artist’s tribute to the Great Prairie-Plains of Mid 20th Century Nebraska.
Seven National Park Paintings for the 1931 Paris Expo - SymposiumPoster - Celebrating the 2016 National Park Service Centennial in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 21, 2016
Also, a fascinating article and 13 images of Eugene Kingman’s oil paintings in this 1937 issue of National Geographic Magazine, featuring both Yosemite and Crater Lake National Parks.
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