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Joseph Rugolo
Mural of Sports
about 1937-38
oil
72 1/4 x 96 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the Newark Museum



Although several of these athletes remain unidentified, Rugolo noted that the running figure represents Olympian Jesse Owens, and the tennis player is eight-time Wimbledon champion Helen Wills Moody. He painted this mural for the New York City branch of the WPA Federal Art Project.