Thomas Hart Benton

Name
Thomas Hart Benton
Also Known as
Tom Benton
Thomas H. Benton
born Neosho, MO 1889-died 1975 Kansas City, MO
Active in
  • New York, New York
Nationalities
U.S. States
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Artist Biography

Benton's idiom was essentially political and rhetorical, the painterly equivalent of the country stump speeches that were a Benton family tradition. The artist vividly recalled accompanying his father, Maecenas E. Benton—a four-term U.S. congressman, on campaigns through rural Missouri. Young Tom Benton grew up with an instinct for constituencies that led him to assess art on the basis of its audience appeal. His own art, after the experiments with abstraction, was high-spirited entertainment designed to catch and hold an audience with a political message neatly bracketed between humor and local color.

Elizabeth Broun "Thomas Hart Benton: A Politician in Art," Smithsonian Studies in American Art Spring 1987, p. 61

Works by This Artist

1947
tempera and oil on canvas mounted on plywood
1938, printed 1939
lithograph on paper
1969
lithograph on paper
1938
lithograph on paper
1939
lithograph on paper
1946
lithograph on paper
1943
lithograph on paper
1939
lithograph on paper mounted on paperboard
1938
lithograph on paper
1971
lithograph on paper
1939
lithograph on paper