Background information

Leo Politi, 1976-1977. 9'h x 12'w. 840 Yale Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles.
Leo Politi, who often used students at the Castelar Elementary School in his paintings, was asked to paint a mural at the school. After submitting the design to a committee of parents and teachers for approval, he executed the mural without pay on a wall by the school's main entrance. The mural depicts two boys and three girls, holding hands and dancing around in a circle. Like his other paintings, book illustrations and his mural "Blessing of the Animals" at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the children convey a gentle simplicity and innocence.

The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, April 1998.

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