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Thomas Hart Benton (artist)



Thomas Hart Benton was an American regionalist painter and muralist. Early in his career, Benton became known for painting large murals. He often depicted his political opinions in his murals, and this made some people angry. By the mid 1930s, he had shifted away from political commentary in his art. He focused more on creating regionalist paintings. American regionalist art depicts realistic scenes of rural areas and small towns (generally in the Midwest). Benton painted scenes of farming and industrial labor in rural parts of the country.

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Thomas Hart Benton (April 15, 1889 – January 19, 1975) was an American painter, muralist, and printmaker. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. The fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. His work is strongly associated with the Midwestern United States, the region in which he was born and which he called home for most of his life. He also studied in Paris, lived in New York City for more than 20 years and painted scores of works there, summered for 50 years on Martha's Vineyard off the New England coast, and also painted scenes of the American South and West.