• Creator
  • Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975
  • Created Date
  • 8-8-02
  • Description
  • A print of two workers loading harvested corn onto a mule drawn wagon amidst five shocks of corn stalks, probably late afternoon. A stream is visible in the right foreground. More fields rise in the middle-ground toward a group of buildings nestled among a grove of trees in the distance. Dimensions are 12-3/4" x 10". Benton, Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry are now considered the leading American Regionalist artists. They shared a driving int... more
    A print of two workers loading harvested corn onto a mule drawn wagon amidst five shocks of corn stalks, probably late afternoon. A stream is visible in the right foreground. More fields rise in the middle-ground toward a group of buildings nestled among a grove of trees in the distance. Dimensions are 12-3/4" x 10". Benton, Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry are now considered the leading American Regionalist artists. They shared a driving interest to develop a truly American style of artistic expression separate from European influences. They drew inspiration from the landscapes they knew best in their native Midwest. Their images of a prosperous rural culture were popular with the American public during the difficult years of the Depression. There was a parallel movement in American literature of the time, as evidenced in the work of writers such as Sinclair Lewis. Benton was born and raised in Missouri. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and in Paris, learning to work in the abstract style current at the time. He soon reacted against abstraction and the primacy of European art, developing instead a personal style. He captured the American spirit by focussing on everyday life in small towns and on farms, often drawing inspiration from local folklore and legends. His images are realistic and generally narrative, yet softened by his rounded forms and uneven lines. How we learn about communities; American communities in history. 16 History; 18 Social Systems; 25-27 Fine Arts. less
  • Format
  • Bentonprint.jpg