August 28, 1888|
Ogden, Utah Territory
|Died||May 3, 1976
Minerva Bernetta Kohlhepp Teichert (August 28, 1888 – May 3, 1976) was an American painter notable for her art depicting Western and Mormon subjects, including a collection of murals depicting scenes from the Book of Mormon.
Teichert was born in Ogden, Utah Territory, and grew up on a ranch in Idaho as the second of nine children. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under John Vanderpoel, and then at the Art Students League of New York under Robert Henri. She married Herman Teichert and raised five children on a ranch in Cokeville, Wyoming while painting the things she knew and loved best: Scenes from western Americana, and religious artwork expressing her deeply held convictions. She once explained "I must paint", when asked about how she persisted in painting despite being in near-complete artistic isolation, without a dedicated studio or even much free time to create. Teichert was an independent, opinionated woman who stood up for women's rights and was an outspoken political conservative. Teichert died in Provo, Utah in 1976.
Teichert painted over 400 murals, women and western themes feature prominently in Teichert's works, such as The Madonna of 1847, which depicts a mother and child in a covered wagon, crossing the plains to settle in Utah. Teichert is known for a set of 42 murals from the Book of Mormon, as well as her murals inside the Manti Utah Temple. Teichert's distinctive style can be seen in the painting Christ in a Red Robe, in which women can be seen reaching out to Christ, who is depicted in a red robe at his second coming, referencing Isaiah. The colors are mostly subdued, except for the central figure who is brightly illustrated.
Teichert's works are also prolifically displayed around the campus of Brigham Young University. Several of her paintings can be seen in the Joseph Smith Building, the Wilkinson Student Center, and the Museum of Art. One of Teichert's most famous exhibits, "Pageants in Paint", has been on display in the BYU Museum of Art.
Several of Teichert's works are also on display on the campus of Brigham Young University–Idaho on the fourth floor of the I-Center.
- Cannon, Elaine (2000). "Teichert, Minerva". In Arnold K. Garr, Donald Q. Cannon, Richard O. Cowan. Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book. ISBN 1573458228.
- Jay Underwood Pinborough (1989-04-01). "Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert: With a Bold Brush". Ensign.
- "Famous LDS Artist's Work on Display at BYU". KSL News. 2007-08-03.
- Welch, John W. and Dant, Doris R., The Book of Mormon Paintings of Minerva Teichert, Bookcraft, 1997, 168 pages, ISBN 1-57008-378-9.
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- Oman, Richard G. (1992), "Artists, Visual", in Ludlow, Daniel H, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan Publishing, pp. 70–73, ISBN 0-02-879602-0, OCLC 24502140
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- Works from the Permanent Collection of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
- Brigham Young Museum of Art Website
- Pageants in Paint