Last of the Mohicans

Last of the Mohicans
N.C. Wyeth

Christina's World

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Last of the Mohicans

N.C. Wyeth created this illustration in 1919 for the popular 1826 novel Last of the Mohicans. Click here to learn more about the book.  Click here to learn more about the artist.  Click here to read more about this painting. 

Homage To Nature

Henry Brandt painted seven of the earliest paintings at Lane Tech. These were created around 1913. Brandt was born in Germay in 1862 and studied with his father, then at the Royal Academy in Berlin. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1882 and worked primarily as a scenery (set?) painter in Moline Illinois, then moved to Chicago in the 1920s. This is one of four canvases in the series entitled Homage to Nature. Take some time to look in the main hallway at Lane Tech to find his 6 other paintings. Can you recognize his style? Click here for information on Lane murals.

Detail: Artist

This detail incorporates an image of an artist painting. Painting is one of the oldest art forms. It has evolved throughout the ages. Click here for a link to pictographs and petroglyphs found throughout the United States.

Detail: Crafts

Crafts like this basket are an important part of Native American art. Research artifacts of Native American cultures, as they provide a wide variety of designs and symbols. 

Detail: Family

Family is of great importance to Native Americans. This is one of the few murals at Lane that depicts women. Why do you think this is the case? Click here to read Native American quotes. 

Native American Theme

This mural in Lane Tech's library was created by Jefferson League in 1944. Student Jim Stephnanidis is credited with assisting in its creation.  This painting most likely has multiple meanings, but the one that makes the most sense, considering it is in the school's library , is the the theme of the industrious student. This theme would suggest that the victorious Native American is symbolic of the industrious student, and the defeated Native American is the lazy and unmotivated student. Do you agree that this is the subject? Take the survey. 

Native American Theme

John Walley of the Works Progress Administration created this mural for the fire curtain in Lane's auditorium between 1936 and 1937.

Fire Curtain Restoration1970's

The fire curtain was painted over in the 1970s with this abstract design.  Resoration in the 1990s restored it to its original 1930s splendor. 

Original Design for Fire Curtain

Why do you think the design was not approved?