Thomas Hart Benton
(1889 - 1975)
Thomas Hart Benton was active/lived in Missouri, Massachusetts, Kansas. Thomas Benton is known for regionalist easel and mural painting, illustration, graphics.
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Likely the most important painter of the American Scene* movement,
Thomas Hart Benton created a style and addressed subject matter that
was uniquely American as well as specific to his state of Missouri, and
that combined elements of modernism and realism. His signature
painting was regionalist* genre, especially laboring figures. In
addition to many murals, he also painted landscapes and portraits.
was a highly intelligent, energetic, flamboyant, pugnacious and hard
drinking fellow, who quite often found himself in the center of
controversy. As a student, he was unruly and alienated many of
his peers and teachers.
Thomas Hart Benton was born in Neosho,
Missouri, and named for a great uncle and ear
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