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Thomas Hart Benton

American painter, illustrator, and lithographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Benton was educated at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Académie Julian in Paris. While in Paris he met artists such as Diego Rivera and Stanford Macdonald-Wright, who influenced his sensibilities. Benton moved to New York City ca. 1912 where he began exhibiting his works (then reminiscent of Synchromism), and fell under the influence of Marxism. In the early 1920s, his work began exploring American narrative themes utilizing highly stylized figurations and backgrounds. By the 30s, Benton was considered a Regionalist, and had been commissioned to paint the first of many murals, which spawned controversy because of their politics. Benton left New York City in 1935 and continued to paint socially conscious murals until the 1960s.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500005998.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Thomas Hart Benton:

Thomas Hart Benton Mine Strike, 1933 Lithograph on wove paper
Thomas Hart Benton Return of the Prodigal Son, 1939 Lithograph on wove paper
Thomas Hart Benton Frisky Day, 1939 Lithograph on white wove paper
Thomas Hart Benton The Woodpile, 1939 Lithograph on white wove paper
Thomas Hart Benton Shallow Creek, 1939 Lithograph on white wove paper
Thomas Hart Benton The Fence Mender, 1940 Lithograph on white wove paper
Thomas Hart Benton Old Man Reading, 1941 Lithograph on wove paper
Thomas Hart Benton Sorghum Mill, 1969 Lithograph on wove paper
Thomas Hart Benton Lonesome Road, 1938 Lithograph on wove paper
Thomas Hart Benton Planting, 1939 Lithograph on wove paper
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