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The History of Insurance

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

The History of Insurance

Artist: Stanley Hess (American, born 1923)
Date: ca. 1960
Medium: Tempera on illustration board
Dimensions:
Overall (mounting board): 15 1/2 × 20 in. (39.4 × 50.8 cm.)
Board (/image): 11 1/2 × 16 in. (29.2 × 40.6 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Marilyn & Ted Lee, 2015.48
Accession number: 2015.48
Classification: painting
In Collection(s)
Label TextAmerican painter and graphic designer Stanley Hess taught at Drake University. Following his experience assisting Jean Charlot on his mural at the Des Moines Art Center, Hess received many commissions to design murals for the exteriors and interiors of buildings in Des Moines. Many of Hess' designs utilize Cubist breakup of form, and others involve trompe l'oeil. Hess' tempera on board painting is a design for a proposed mural on the history of insurance commissioned by a Des Moines insurance company around 1960. The mural was never executed, and this painting is the only evidence of how it might have appeared. Source: News, Jan Feb Mar 2016
SignedStan Hess (l,r white paint)
entirely unexpected