Eric Sloane The Morton Salt Building Mural

Eric Sloane painted this stunning cloudscape mural in the office of the President of Morton Salt, 1958.
Photo courtesy of Wil Mauch, from his biography of Eric Sloane. Learn more about how the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum supports and promotes the legacy of Eric Sloane through a robust partnership with the Eric Sloane Museum by visiting us at www.friendsoftheericsloanemuseum.org

Eric Sloane : Morton Salt Building Mural

Eric Sloane’s 1958 Mural in the President’s Office, Morton Salt, Chicago, IL

Eric Sloane painted this stunning mural for the President of Morton Salt in 1958. Rumor has it that, when the building was demolished, an undisclosed collector paid an equally undisclosed sum to have a team of “specialists” cut the mural intact from the wall. I’ve never been able to track the truth of the rumor down, nor am I aware of anyone who has seen the mural since this photo was taken.

Eric Sloane painting at his easel

         Eric Sloane at work at his Carter Road studio in Warren, Connecticut.  You’ll see straight away that Sloane re-purposed ends of primed Masonite for his multiple palettes.  A quart of oil or latex “barn red” paint (not artist’s oil paint) is visible at bottom right.  Eric loved buying those from the hardware store.  His composition is about 65% complete.  Eric will work more on the sky to give it greater depth and atmosphere, as well as providing more detail to the land.  You can readily see that it will be a stunner when completed.

      Circling back that can of paint – it’s a cleaner/restorer’s nightmare.  I’ve been cleaning and restoring works by Eric Sloane for more than a decade and there is only two things that make me nervous – nicotine from cigarettes and latex paint in an oil painting.       Photos from Wil Mauch’s Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane.