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Artist: Thomas Hart Benton (1889 - 1975)
Nationality: American
Movement: Regionalism
Media: Painting
Influences:

Biography:
American painter, Thomas Hart Painter studied at the Academie Julien in Paris from 1908 to 1911. He then settled in New York and painted in the Synchromist style of his schoolmate, Stanton Macdonald-Wright. In 1920, Benton switched to the Regionalist style, depicting scenes of American life. He became the director of the City Art Institute and School of Design in Kansas City, Missouri in 1935 and remained there for the rest of his life. After the decline of Regionalism, Benton began painting scenes of American history. He also wrote two autobiographies titled “An Artist in America” and “An American in Art.”


Artworks in Museum Collections: (60)
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Thomas Hart Benton Sunset Lithograph 1941
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Thomas Hart Benton Back from the Fields Lithograph 1945
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Thomas Hart Benton Planting Lithograph 1940
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Thomas Hart Benton Aaron Lithograph 1941
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Thomas Hart Benton Threshing Lithograph 1941
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Thomas Hart Benton Island Hay Lithograph 19th - 20th century
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Thomas Hart Benton Cradling Wheat Lithograph 1939
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Thomas Hart Benton Shallow Creek Lithograph 1939
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Thomas Hart Benton Jessie James Lithograph 1935
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Thomas Hart Benton I Got a Gal on Sourwood Mountain Lithograph 1938
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Thomas Hart Benton Huck Finn Lithograph 1935
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Thomas Hart Benton Kansas Farmyard Lithograph 1936
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Thomas Hart Benton Letter from Overseas Lithograph 19th - 20th century
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Thomas Hart Benton Wreck of the Old "97" Lithograph 19th - 20th century
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The Kentuckian, Thomas Hart Benton (United States, Missouri, Neosho, 1889 - 1975) , 1954, Oil on canvas
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Thomas Hart Benton Susanna and the Elders oil and tempera on canvas mounted on panel 1938
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Thomas Hart Benton The Wood Pile Lithograph 19th - 20th century
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Thomas Hart Benton Morning train Lithograph 19th - 20th century
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Cotton Pickers, Thomas Hart Benton (United States, Missouri, Neosho, 1889 - 1975) , 1931, Watercolor, ink, and graphite
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Indian and Frenchman, Thomas Hart Benton (United States, Missouri, Neosho, 1889 - 1975) , circa 1956-1957, Bronze, mounted on wood
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Burlesque, Thomas Hart Benton (United States, Missouri, Neosho, 1889 - 1975) , circa 1930, Tempera with oil glazes on canvas, mounted on pressboard
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Thomas Hart Benton - The Cliffs 1921 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum American
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Thomas Hart Benton - The Meeting 1941 lithograph on paper The Maier Museum of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Tom Keefer 1941 Lithograph Arkansas Arts Center American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Wreck of the Ole '97 1944 lithograph on wove p The Mint Museums American
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Thomas Hart Benton - The Corral 1948 lithograph on paper The Maier Museum of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Planting 1939 lithograph on paper The Maier Museum of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Aaron 1941 Lithograph Arkansas Arts Center American
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Thomas Hart Benton - The Kentuckian 1954 oil on canvas Los Angeles County Museum of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Burlesque c. 1930 tempera with oil gla Los Angeles County Museum of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Boomtown 1927-28 oil on canvas Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester American
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Thomas Hart Benton *Looking for a car? What did you have in mind?*, illustration on page 76 in the book, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940), vol. 1 Color lithograph reproduction 1940
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Thomas Hart Benton *These three in the evening, harmonica and fiddle and guitar *, on page 401 in the book, The Grapes of Wrath by John Seinbeck (New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940), vol. 2 Color lithograph reproduction 1940
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Thomas Hart Benton - June Morning 1945 Oil on Masonite The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Photographing the Bull 1950 Lithograph Arkansas Arts Center American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Chilmark Landscape 1922 oil on paper mounted Hirshhorn Museum American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Lonesome Road 1945 Lithograph Arkansas Arts Center American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Shallow Creek 1939 lithograph Art Complex Museum at Duxbury American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Fisherman's Lunch 1965 Ink, tempura Arkansas Arts Center American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Indian and Fisherman c. 1956-1957 bronze Los Angeles County Museum of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Preparing the Bill 1934 oil on canvas The Maier Museum of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Martha's Vineyard c. 1925 oil on canvas Corcoran Gallery of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Upper Manhattan c. 1917 oil on canvas Cleveland Museum of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940), vol. 1 Book with color lithograph reproductions : 19 full-page, title page, 18 chapter headings 1940
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Thomas Hart Benton The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940), vol. 2 Book with color lithograph reproductions : 14 full-page, title page, 12chapter headings 1940
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Thomas Hart Benton - People of Chilmark (Figure Composition) 1920 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum American
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Thomas Hart Benton - History of Missouri: City Slums c. 1935 Oil on Masonite Currier Museum of Art American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Field Workers (Cotton Pickers) 1945 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Loading Corn (Shucking Corn) 1945 lithograph Hofstra Museum American
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Thomas Hart Benton - Study for the Mural "A Social History of Indiana" 1933 Pencil Arkansas Arts Center American
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Thomas Hart Benton - The Artists' Show, Washington Square, New York 1946 oil and tempera on c The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art American
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Mary Hart Sampler calico cat and verse; inscribed, "Mary Hart 1800" Polychrome silk on linen 1800
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Self Contained Man, Jan Stussy (United States, Missouri, Benton County, 1921 - 1990) , 1970, Lithograph
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Self Contained Man, Jan Stussy (United States, Missouri, Benton County, 1921 - 1990) , 1970, Lithograph
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Girl of My Dreams in Peau de Crapaud, Jan Stussy (United States, Missouri, Benton County, 1921 - 1990) , 1970, Lithograph
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Girl of My Dreams in Peau de Crapaud, Jan Stussy (United States, Missouri, Benton County, 1921 - 1990) , 1970, Lithograph
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Benton Spruance The Fencers Lithograph 1937
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Benton Spruance Penelope Color lithograph 1956
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Benton Spruance Mourning Figure Color lithograph 1959
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Thomas Bewick The Hart-Beest on page 88 in the book A General History of Quadrupeds, The Figures Engraved on Wood by Thomas Bewick, 2nd edition (Newcastle upon Tyne: S. Hodgson, R. Beilby,T. Bewick, 1791) wood engraving 1791

Artnews Articles and Exhibition Information: (25)
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First Street Gallery: Sallie Benton: On Dance
She layers her images, constructing and deconstructing the figures, while leaving a history of the process beneath transparent layers of paint. She juxtaposes drawn and painted figures, crowding them together, while ghost images keep a steady bea...

William Benton Museum of Art: The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946
Gaman (pronounced gah-mon): Enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity They painted and sketched and carved sculptures of bears, birds and elephants, a scholar and a Buddhist priest. They built chairs, chests of drawers, mod...

First Street Gallery: Black and White Works by Gallery Artists
First Street Gallery accepts submissions from artists for review. Applications are reviewed at membership meetings every 4-6 weeks. To apply artists must bring four to six original works of art to the gallery at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the meeting...

ArtHaus: Revelations: New Works in Various Media
Artists also included in this exhibition are: Andrea Arroyo, Astrid, Suzanne Benton, Brian Blood, Deborah Brown, Marc Lambrechts, Joanne Landis, Samuel F. Lewis and Carol Schiavo. IMAGE:
Adam Kurtzman
Flip Flop
bronze
ed of...

ArtHaus: Group Exhibition: LOCATION ~ LOCATION
Serena Bocchino’s paintings and drawings translate the compositional, spontaneous rhythm of jazz into a two dimensional form. Her work uses rhythm, volume and tone to capture different ways in which line may interact with color. A New York Times ...

First Street Gallery: The Animal Show -Works by Gallery Artists
View more the artists' works in this exhibition at First Street Gallery at : http://galleries.absolutearts.com/firststreetgallery ...

Davis Museum and Cultural Center: Bridging the Border: Shared Themes in Mexican and U.S. Art 1900 – 1950
Four themes: The City, Rural Traditions, Responses to European Modernism, and Protest and Persuasion break the show into sections that highlight areas of exchange during the first fifty years of the 20th century. Each category compares works by ...

Armory Art Center: Class Action - Works by 2001 Masters Artist Workshop Presenters
The Armory Art Center, founded in 1986, is the Palm Beaches’ leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in the historic Palm Beach County National Guard Armory Building in the heart of culturally revitalized West Palm Beach, t...

Corcoran Gallery of Art: Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery
A number of outstanding individual works complete the selection, including well-known examples by early masters like John Singleton Copley and Joshua Johnson and striking modernist compositions by Maurice Prendergast, Thomas Hart Benton and Aar...

First Street Gallery: Under A Grand
First Street Gallery accepts submissions from artists for review. Applications are reviewed at membership meetings every 4-6 weeks. To apply artists must bring four to six original works of art to the gallery at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the meeting...

Hacienda de los Martinez and Kit Carson Historic Museums: Enchanting Photographs: Craig Varjabedian
Craig Varjabedian approaches the making of a photograph with the skill of a well-trained photographer and sensitivity to what he calls the power of place. His artistry is in capturing the enduring power of ...

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Adventures in Modern Art: The Charles K. Williams II Collection
The collection is marked by a passion for color, strong compositional designs, and occasionally eccentric images, with an emphasis upon several favorite artists, among them Joseph Stella, Oscar Bluemner, Charles Demuth, and Arthur Dove, each of w...

Frye Art Museum: Heartland: The Paintings of Bo Bartlett
Bartlett’s powerful and engaging paintings fall well within the tradition of 20th-century American realism. Like American masters such as Thomas Eakins, Thomas Hart Benton and Andrew Wyeth, Bartlett has looked at the people and land around him and in...

A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery: Dick Anthony : Recent Works from the 'Just So' Series
IMAGE
Dick Anthony
Title: Just So, Series IV
Year Created: 2009
Medium: Mixed Media
Width: 18 inches
Height: 18 inches
Depth: 1.5 inches
Price: US$ 2,250

Dayton Art Institute:
Scenes of American Life: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Rockwell Kents Snow Fields (1909), the earliest work in the exhibition, portrays women, children and dogs playing on a sunny winter day and captures the new spirit of the time. Likewise, paintings by William Glackens, Agnes Tait and Paul Cad...

Corcoran Gallery of Art: Picturing the Banjo
"For more than two centuries, the banjo has played an integral role in American history and culture and has inspired an eclectic array of artists," said Sarah Cash, the Corcoran's Bechhoefer Curator of American Art. "A highlight of the Corcoran...

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum: John A. and Margaret Hill Collection of American Western Art AND Silver Blossoms, Turquoise Mountains: Southwest Indian Jewelry
As a connoisseur of American art, John Hill collected what he believed in, which was the myth of the American West. It is a myth that has shaped this nation more than any other. From it, comes our sense of magisterial landscapes dwarfing human a...

Cleveland Museum of Art: From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg: Recently Acquired Prints
The finest impressions by Rembrandt (1606–1669), one of the most experimental and greatest printmakers, are now exceedingly rare, so that it is important to take advantage when an opportunity appears. A beautiful impression of The ...

Portland Museum of Art: Murray Hantman: From Image to Abstraction
Like many of his contemporaries, Hantman’s work was shaped by the times in which he lived—by the exhilarating sense of the potential of art in the modern era coupled with the harsher realities of American life during the Great Depression and World...

Terra Museum of American Art: The People Work: American Perspectives 1840-1940
"By exploring diverse representations from the Terra Foundation for the Arts collection and several key works on loan, The People Work examines a variety of human activities investigating labor. The exhibition questions common assumptions and atti...

Tabla Rasa Gallery: Erasing Borders 2008: Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora
Of the 270 submissions, curator Vijay Kumar has selected 40 artists whose work accurately reflects the diversity – religious, ethnic and intellectual predilections – of the Indian Diaspora population in the U.S. Each distinctive piece in the exhib...

Manhattanville College Art Gallery: Erasing Borders 2008: Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora
Of the 270 submissions, curator Vijay Kumar has selected 40 artists whose work accurately reflects the diversity – religious, ethnic and intellectual predilections – of the Indian Diaspora population in the U.S. Each distinctive piece in the exhib...

Museum of Fine Arts, Basel: The House for Cubism: The Raoul La Roche Collection
Raoul La Roche, born in Basel in 1889, went to Paris as a young banker in 1911. There he cultivated close contact with his compatriots, including the architect from La Chaux-de-Fonds, Charles-Edou...

Columbus Museum of Art: Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland
The exhibition and its national tour are sponsored by Philip Morris Companies Inc. Illusions of Eden is one component of The Heartland Project, a series of three traveling museum exhibitions and an interactive website that will evaluate t...

National Museum of Chinese Revolution History: Dong Kingman: Watercolor Master
In addition to commemorating Kingman’s extraordinary career, Kingman’s second major exhibit in China coincides with and commemorates 30 years since relations between United States and China resumed. His prior exhibition in China in 1981 was the f...

Further Artwork and Information:

Thomas Hart Benton Online
The Naval Art of Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Benton - Artist Painting Prices, Art Appraisal, Artist Paintings [AskART.com]
Thomas Hart Benton biography
Thomas Hart Benton
BENTON, Thomas Hart (1782-1858) Biographical Information
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