- Hugo Ballin H.W. Johnson E. Neuman Vsevolod Ulianoff
- Artwork Type
- Media & Support
- Paint on plaster
- 42 ft.x 12 ft.* (12.8 x 3.7 m)
- Health Services
LAC+USC General Hospital
1200 North State Street
Los Angeles, CA
All of the figures are set amongst a brilliant blue sky. Gold circles dominate throughout the artwork, adding to the round proportionality of the ceiling’s three domes and numerous arches. As is typical of the fresco technique, paint was applied directly onto the plaster of the Hospital’s ceiling so that the resulting painting is literally embedded in the building. It is the only public fresco that Hugo Ballin ever created.
Hugo Ballin (1879-1956) was born in New York City and studied at the Art Students’ League as well as in Italy and France. He became a professional painter and one of his early projects was a series of murals for the Wisconsin State Capitol. Samuel Goldwyn later hired Ballin as an art director for Goldwyn Pictures in New Jersey where he worked until 1920 when he formed his own production company, Hugo Ballin Productions. He relocated his company to Los Angeles in the mid-1920s. When talking pictures revolutionized Hollywood, Ballin quit the industry to return to painting (although he did provide sketches for The Wizard of Oz). He quickly became one of the foremost muralists in southern California. His most famous public works include murals at Griffith Park Observatory, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the Los Angeles Times Building, the Southern California Edison Company Building, and the Title Guarantee Building. In addition to painting and directing, he also wrote four successful novels.