Indian Campsite - Victor Casenelli

Indian Campsite

c. 1929

Indian Camp Site is a preparatory watercolor study for a 1930s 17-scene mural commissioned by National Lumberman’s Bank in Muskegon, Michigan.  Now on view at the Lakeshore Museum Center, the mural series chronicles the history of Muskegon, from its nascent beginnings to the industrial era. This typically Regionalist subject matter reflects local history and culture.  Close examination of the watercolor study reveals grid lines that Casanelli may have used to both replicate and enlarge the image for the final mural.