Thomas Hart Benton
Evergreen Fine Art is proud to offer signed, limited-edition lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton.
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. Benton paintings included sculpted figures, distinctly stylized and fluid works of art that focused upon the working class as an usually underrepresented group of people. Many of the murals he created dealt with subject matter commonly attributed to a Midwest lifestyle and are packed with complexity and energy. His mural "America Today" is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Benton enjoyed a long career. He studied in Paris, lived in New York, and had many milestones such as his famous murals. Thomas Hart Benton continued to work until his death in 1975, and his paintings are still viewed by millions each year in museums around the nation.
Lithograph, ed. of 250, 10x13, framed, signed $5100
Lithograph, ed. 150, 19x16, 1971, framed, signed $5400 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.
Lithograph, ed. 250, 17 x 23 1/4, 1974 framed, signed $8725 ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.
©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York.
Born in 1889 to a prominent Missouri political family, Thomas Hart Benton studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to study in Paris alongside such renowned painters as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. He would in later years become a cherished professor and mentor to a young artist destined to become famed abstract impressionist Jackson Pollock.
Short of stature, famously pugnacious and fiercely loyal to his friends, Benton joined American laureates Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry in spearheading the powerfully representational Regionalist movement. He traveled the country’s byways alone, amassing a poignant treasury of images marking the nation’s growing industrial mastery and celebrating the unsung working classes that made it possible. Although Benton was best known for his powerful depictions of the Midwest, many of his most memorable works portray the people and places of the South and the distant West.
After Benton died in 1975, his estate came under the stewardship of the UMB Bank in Kansas City, Mo., which has offered his works for sale on behalf of the Benton family only sparingly and, until now, only through selected Eastern and Midwestern galleries. In 2014 his best-known work, a majestic mural entitled “America Today”, found a permanent home at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, becoming the only occupant of a grand chamber constructed solely for its display. Composed of 10 broad floor-to-ceiling panels, “America Today” presents a broad and balanced picture of the Union as it lived and breathed in the 1930’s, and provides a comprehensive tutorial on Benton’s unmistakable artistic style – complex fields, strong forms and distinctively fluid shapes that excite the eye with energy and motion.