The Brattleboro Reformer from Brattleboro, Vermont on September 22, 1938 · 9
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The Brattleboro Reformer from Brattleboro, Vermont · 9

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- ' . I I MilMr r ff rTCf' THE BRATTLEBORO DAILY REFORMER, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1938 g Latchis Theater Murals Painted By Louis Jantbor, Famed Artist Very few buildings i:i Brattleboro have murals painted directly on the wall. Only onf building has them painted by an artist of international reputation. When the Latchis theater opens tonight its patrons Will be privileged to see one more evidence of the rare ability of the Hungarian-torn artist, Louis Jambor. Pew people realize what has been going on so long .n secrecy at the corner of Main and Plat streets. The execution of these murals has taken weeks, for they have been worked out In accordance with a definite purpose which demands knowledge both of art and the Greek classics. It was the hope of the Latchis brothers in the beginning that the authentic Greek motif could be worked out by an artist whose handling of the subject would place the work in the list of outstanding murals in this country. In an interview with a Reformer reporter, Mr. Jambor explained that the murals were not only derived from the mythology of Greece, but the very way they were painted on the wall was Greek, in contrast to the Roman fresco method. Mr. Jambor has remained faithful to the Greek art by using a combination of beeswax that fixes the colors and at the same time gives them the appearance of being water colors. Born In Hungary in 1884, Mr. Jambor told The Reformer reporter of his early boyhood, how he had run away to, art school because his father wanted him to be an architect, and how, after entering the art school, he had earned prizes for original work. Medals and prizes fell his way all during his stay at the Academy of Art at Budapest. Still later he studied at Munich, and after that at Dussel-dorf. He liked Duseeldorf best; there was something about Dusseldorf, he said, that made a man want to paint. From Budapest to V. 8. Later fn Budapest his work, was in great demand. More prizes fell his way, until in 1922 he received the first prize from the city of Budapest. Mr. Jambor had arrived. After that he came to America out of extreme exhaustion, planned tp stay only three months for a much needed rest, and is still here. The fact is, he explained, he has had so much to do here that he cant get away. In 1927 he was commissioned to paint the patios of Mrs. J. P. Donahue (nee Wool worth) in Palm Beach, Fla. He also executed the 26 murals at the Hotel New Yorker, the huge paintings above the proscenium In the Atlantic City auditorium, and at a number of churches, among them St. Gerards at Buffalo, N. Y., St. Theresas at Providence, R. I., and St. Sebastians at Middletown, Conn. Be has painted a number of portraits, Including that of Clarence Barbour, president of Brown university; Emory Hunt, former president of Bucknell university; Lord Rothemere of London, and Dr. Henry Photo by Lewis R. Brown. LOUIS JAMBOR. Riverside church, New Foedick of York city. For his motif at the Latchis Memorial theater, he has taken two Greek myths or legends which he has felt were in the mood and purpose of the theater. His emphasis is on the Apollo and Bacchus myth, with Apollo on .the left side of the auditorium and Bacchus reigning on the right. Here in brilliant blues, lavenders and pinks (all colors that will not fade because of the particular formula which Mr. Jambor has devised) are scenes direct from the mythology of ages past As one enters the auditorium he feels as though he were in the cool classic atmosphere that long ago surrounded the temples of the Greek gods. Rests Between Commissions. Climbing around scaffolding is strenuous work. Going up and down a tall ladder just for the purpose of changing colors is indeed an arduous task when it is repeated day in and day out. For this reason a painter of murals must take a considerable rest period between commissions for such work. In his own studio in New York. Mr. Jambor has long taught pupils both mural and portrait work. He states that he has noticed a definite trend in artists, aS well as in people as a whole toward spiritual interests since the World war. Before the war there was an artificiality in art and in life. He has noticed particularly the development of a strong and original art in America which has a stamp of its own. He feels that this ie very significant. Those who view his completed murals tonight will have the unusual opportunity to examine the work of ACHILLES EDUCATION BY CHIRON, THE CENTAUR BACCHUS, GOD OF THE THEATER, AND ARIADNE I mmmmm wmm MS L . . ! i y. K 1 1 j Hi 11 - ' if I j 1 1 , & S i I I JmdM i 1 mM m 91 Photo by Lewis R. Brown. During the Trojan war the Greek army was delayed while Achilles, son of Peleus and Thetis, was trained to become its leader, according .to a prophesy that Troy would never fall unless Achilles led the battle against it. However, an oracle had declared he would fall in the war against Troy. When he was born his mother dipped him in the River Styx to safeguard him against the perils of war, which made him invulnerable except on his heel by which she held him. Here Louis Jambor has painted the young Achilles receiving a manly education from the Centaur, Chiron. The painting is nearest the balcony on the left interior wall of the theater. win . Photo by Lewis R. Brown. In this panel, located nearest the balcony on the right Interior wall of the theater, Louis Jambor has ddk picted Bacchus, god of the theater and also of wine, descending from his leopard-chariot, in the presence df Ariadne, later his wife. The pictuie, with its background of woodland and meadow and bunch of grapes in th foreground is from a noted painting. one of the outstanding mural painters in America, one who came to America for only a short stay and found in it the freedom necessary to the proper consummation of a great art. And to the Latchis brothers, who have had the foresight to build for beauty as well as utility, .the people of Brattleboro owe a debt of gratitude. SUBSCRIBE TO THE REFORMER. No Trouble. Swain (in late hours) How can I ever leave you? Tired Father (poking his head around the door) Bus No. 75, Train No. 40, or any taxicab! Cappers Weekly. Asparagus has been known and prized as food from eafliest Roman times. The VERMONT-PEOPLES NATIONAL BANK CONGRATULATES The Latchis Brothers for adding this splendid, new building to Main street, and for the enterprise which urged this expression of faith in the future of Brattleboro. THE VERMONT-PEOPLES NATIONAL BANK Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Success THE NEW LATCHIS MEMORIAL THEATRE METROPOLITAN PRINTING CO. PHILADELPHIA, PENNA. We are pleased to announce that we furnished all doors and other woodwork for this Beautiful, Modern Theatre. PRATT & FORREST CO Manufacturers of Detail Wood Work LOWELL, MASS. Supervised by M. H. Foster, Representative, Leominster, Mass. J LATCHIS THEATRE AND MEMORIAL BUILDING STRUCTURAL STEEL FRAMING and GYPSUM PLANK FIRESAFE FLOORS AND ROOF FURNISHED BY Waghorne-Brown Company 44 School Street, Boston, Mass. ; HUESTIS PLUMBING & HEATING SUPPLY COMPANY Extends A Cordial Greeting TO THE LATCHIS MEMORIAL THEATRE BLDG. GRAND TODAY Latchis Memorial Theatre A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING OF WHICH ANY TOWN COULD WELL BE PROUD! Dedication Exercises 4 P. M. REV. CLARENCE C. SILVESTER Public Inspection 4.30 to 5.30 EXTRA! EXTRA! EXTRA! under the winking stars on a still, frosty night J2.CUM&0 sailing 'through the clear air like ski-jumpers : ' in the good young American way forever&nd ever .. GRAND OPENING PARTY 8 P. M. Welcome Address The sumptuous ice climax will make you cry out in wonder and delight ! The eight new songs by Gordon & Revel are your new swing tunes! K i ' CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES m Premier See nery Studi 340 West 41st Street New York, N. Y. I 1 t1 . ALL STAGE CURTAINS AND DRAPERIES FURNISHED BY US. ON THE STAGE IN PERSON FELIX FERDINANDO AND HIS ORCHESTRA Presenting Extraordinary Music and Novelties TOMMY and MARY THE JITTERBUGS OF RHYTHM Marie Moore and Aristocrats MIRTHFUL MELANGE OF MUSIC I ARD LATEST NEWS and CARTOON E TONIGHT ONLY ALL SEATS RESERVED P Orchestra 90c, tax 9c Total 99e Balcony 50c, tax 5c Total 55c JL f M i ' All decorations and mural paintings (including the portrait of Mr. Latchis), designed and painted by our Mr. Louis Jambo. 8 iS ( j ' , ' FRIDAY and SATURDAY COMPLETE STAGE AND SCREEN SHOW AS PRESENTED TONIGHT Matinee 2.30 Evening 6. Balcony Every unman m America will be crazy about J Sonjas twenty-eight new Fall outfits styled by 1 with JOAN DAVIS, an BOMERO! C TJ j iacher . George Barbier ; Billy Gilbert der Paul I Del Ru rown: Royerl -.. k . ' r.. , iBiA, , A .& '-' - t " ,y- UK. wmam I A' ' mil

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