Not much is known on the web about post office muralist Joseph Meert, but the little info that is available contains a couple of interesting tidbits. Meert was a student of Thomas Hart Benton and was friends with Jackson Pollock, allegedly saving Pollock’s life when the latter fell asleep in a snow bank (it could happen to any of us, I assure you). In a way, Pollock returned the favor when his biographer discovered Meert, then a ward of the state, living in a nursing home with no creative outlet (it could happen to any of us). The Pollock-Krasner Foundation rescued Meert and found a place for him in a home that provided art therapy.
Meert created three post office murals: Harvesting (Spencer, Indiana), Contemporary Life in Missouri (Marceline, Missouri), and Spring Pastoral (Mount Vernon, Missouri).