This oil on canvas mural was painted in 1929 by Leone C. Bradbury and depicts Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The dedication plaque for this mural reads:
“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the older “The Story of the Three Bears” are variations of an old fairy tale. The original tale tells of an old woman who enters the forest home of three bachelor bears when they are away. In later versions a young Goldilocks replaces the old woman and the bachelor bears are replaced by Mama, Papa and Baby Bear.
“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” is one of a set of nine murals painted in 1929 for the newly constructed Ellsworth Elementary School in Denver, Colorado. The entire set is now collectively titled “”Flights of Fancy.” The murals were wheat pasted to the walls of the kindergarten room and black borders were painted onto the wall around the edge of the canvas. The murals were commissioned by the building’s architect as part of construction costs. During that era commissioning art, especially murals, for school buildings in Denver Public Schools District No 1 (DPS) was considered to be an important and standard practice.
In 1995, prior to the building being demolished, all nine murals were removed from the walls, restored, cleaned, backed with canvas, put on stretchers, and framed by Hays Shoop, then a conservator with the Rocky Mountain Conservation Center at Denver University. DPS then hung seven of these murals in their administration building and two in an element
200 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
Medium type: Oil on Canvas
Date created: 1929