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The Fireplace Mural
With Elmslie's assistance, Purcell located Charles Livingston Bull, an illustrator of children's books whose specialty was depicting animals. Bull came to Minneapolis in November 1914 to paint a mural above the fireplace showing Louisiana herons flying over an implied body of water, with two moons. The artist was so well known that the Minneapolis Tribune carried an article about his presence in the city. Purcell was quoted in the paper, explaining how the painting fit his program of unified design: "I wanted a real wall decoration in my living room; one which would preserve the essential character of the wall, that of flatness." next page >

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