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Minerva Teichert Art & The Book of Mormon

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Minerva Teichert Art & The Book of Mormon

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When Latter-day Saint artist Minerva Teichert attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York in the early 1900s, mural paintings and theatrical pageants were dynamic components of American popular culture. Young Minerva Teichert embraced these popular art forms and used their dramatic style to tell the stories of her religious heritage and the American West.

Though Minerva Teichert had grown up in rural Cokeville, Wyoming, drama, theater, and cinema had played a significant role in her life. Her love of these art forms continued after she left home. In Chicago she studied drama and dance along with her visual art studies. In New York she helped earn her tuition by performing rope tricks and Native American dances.

Minerva Teichert became captivated by the educational potential of large murals in public buildings and their capacity to be seen by great numbers of people from a distance. During Minerva Teichert’s studies in New York, noted American realist painter Robert Henri challenged her to paint the “great Mormon story.” With that goal she painted many theatrical depictions of Mormon pioneers, the West, and Book of Mormon scenes.

Forty-seven of Minerva Teichert’s large-scale narrative murals are on display at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo, Utah, from July 27, 2007, through May 26, 2008. Copies of some of these murals and large-scale paintings follow.

Minerva Teichert art is on display in several museums around the country.

Touch Me Not,  1939, oil on canvas,  Minerva Teichert Brigham Young University Museum of Art

Touch Me Not, 1939, oil on canvas, Minerva Teichert Brigham Young University Museum of Art

Minerva Teichert  Art - Handcart Pioneers at the Waterfall,  circa 1940, oil on canvas  Courtesy of the Museum of Church History and Art.

Minerva Teichert Art - Handcart Pioneers at the Waterfall, circa 1940, oil on canvas Courtesy of the Museum of Church History and Art.

Minerva Teichert Art Love Story,  1950–51, oil on masonite. Brigham Young University Museum of Art

Minerva Teichert Art Love Story, 1950–51, oil on masonite. Brigham Young University Museum of Art

Minerva Teichert Art Return of Captive Israel,  1945, oil on canvas, Courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Relief Society Building

Minerva Teichert Art Return of Captive Israel, 1945, oil on canvas, Courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Relief Society Building

Minerva Teichert Art An Angel Appears to Alma and the Sons of Mosiah,  1950–51, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 

Minerva Teichert Art An Angel Appears to Alma and the Sons of Mosiah, 1950–51, oil on masonite, 36 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 

Minerva Teichert Art Get Ye Up into the High Mountain, O Zion,  1949, oil on canvas,

Minerva Teichert Art Get Ye Up into the High Mountain, O Zion, 1949, oil on canvas,

Minerva Teichert Art

Minerva Teichert Art