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Thomas Hart Benton
Wheat
1967
oil
20 x 21 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Mitchell and museum purchase



Throughout his life Benton explored themes of growth, death, and renewal in paintings that feature the people and land of the American Midwest. In Wheat, ripe stalks bear the weight of grain ready for harvest, even as the green shoots of next season's growth push past the stubble of recently cut rows.