At least 115 of my COVID Cards have been inspired by post office muralists and I do believe (it could be that someone is allowing me to believe it, so it’s probably not my fault if I’m wrong) that today is the first time I’ve seen Cezanne’s name come up in relation to a post office muralist.
John Ward Lockwood cites Cezanne as one of his influences. In addition to being an artist, Lockwood was a soldier, having served in the American Expeditionary Force, and an educator. He founded the art department at the University of Texas in Austin.
Lockwood, who was often referred to simply as Ward Lockwood, painted four post office murals: Pioneers in Kansas (Wichita, Kansas), Daniel Boone’s Arrival in Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky), Harvest of the Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, Texas), and Texas Rangers in Camp (Hamilton, Texas).