Down the R iver  

Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)

Lithograph on Paper, 1939

Pencil signed by the artist
from an edition of 250.

12.5 h x 10 w


  One of the leading Regionalist painters of the American Scene Painting movement, Thomas Hart Benton was a painter, printmaker and muralist. Born in Missouri, Benton attended the Art Institute of Chicago in 1907 and later studied at the Academie Julian in Paris where he met and was influenced by the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Throughout the 20’s and 30’s the artist lived and worked in New York City where he taught at the Art Students League. Benton, and other regionalist artists who painted agrarian and working class subjects in a representational style benefited from the federal art projects during the 30’s. Their style and subject matter were highly appreciated. Benton’s “Indiana Murals”(1933), brought the artist a great deal of fame after which he returned to the Midwest permanently and settled in Kansas City.

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