Monday, October 11, 2010

Mansfield Muse

It is not commonly known that the inspiration for many of the great paintings of the world actually originated in Mansfield, Ohio. As you can clearly see from this vintage postcard, Edward Hopper, riding a late train from Chicago to New York that laid over in Mansfield for an hour, took a stroll down Main Street before rushing to his easel with a great idea.

Jackson Pollock, as well, drew his inspiration from the sidewalks of our town when he woke up one afternoon in 1947 in the Leland Hotel with a terrific hangover and stumbled down to the Square for coffee where the famous Mansfield crows had just the night before hosted a mass roosting in the trees overhead. As his eyes gradually focused on the pavement under his feet his heart leaped and his destiny incarnated.

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