Thomas Hart Benton: a life

Title

Thomas Hart Benton: a life

Authors

Justin P. Wolff

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Description

Born in Missouri at the end of the nineteenth century, Thomas Hart Benton would become the most notorious and celebrated painter America had ever seen. The first artist to make the cover of Time, he was a true original: an heir to both the rollicking populism of his father’s political family and the quiet life of his Appalachian grandfather. In his twenties, he would find his calling in New York, where he was drawn to memories of his small-town youth—and to visions of the American scene.

In this definitive biography, Justin Wolff places Benton in the context of his tumultuous historical moment—as well as in the landscapes and cultural circles that inspired him. Thomas Hart Benton—with compelling insights into Benton’s art, his philosophy, and his family history—rescues a great American artist from myth and hearsay, and provides an indelibly moving portrait of an influential, controversial, and often misunderstood man.

ISBN

9780374199876

Publication Date

2012

Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

City

New York, NY

Keywords

American Painters, American Muralists, Regionalism

Disciplines

Fine Arts