Millard Sheets, Tenement Flats, oil on canvas, 102.1 x 127.6 cm (Smithsonian American Art Museum). A conversation with Dr. Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Dr. Steven Zucker
Millard Sheets was selected to paint for the Public Works Art Project – an effort to employ artists during the Great Depression.
Sheets painted a tenement complex in Bunker Hill, once a wealthy neighborhood in Los Angeles.
The artist takes joy in depicting the sociable residents of the tenement as they go about their daily lives.
Tenement Flats was selected by President and Mrs. Roosevelt to hang in the White House.